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Fine 17th-18th C. North Indian Rajput Khanda Sword with massive blade

( ID: is1202 )

A rare 18th C. Rajput sword with a superb khanda hilt and a massive blade of khyber form but displaying oversized proportions.

This example features a khanda hilt that retains the majority of the fine gold koftgari work associated with 18th C. Rajput floral forms, in a thick gold matte type decoration.  The blade is a large, single edged and with a t-form spine, of the type associated with Khyber knives. The blade has a single maker mark at the ricasso of a small teardrop form. The blade is forged from a wide lamellar damascus which can be seen throughout on the large flat surfaces.

Tulwar handled khyber form swords are known but this is the first example we've encountered with a khanda shape handle which inclines us to attribute this to a Rajput warrior in Northern Indian.  Another example, but with a tulwar, handle sold at Christie's and was original from the famed Leo Figiel collection, see here for the link.

The scabbard velvet is refinished but retains the original chiseled iron and gold koftgari scabbard chape.

Overall length is 38", blade is 30" and 2 1/4" wide at the ricasso.

 

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