Fine 17th C. Mughal Bikaner Rajput Talwar Sword, wootz blade with multiple inscriptions (ID: is1240)
Fine 17th C. Mughal Bikaner Rajput Talwar Sword, wootz blade with multiple inscriptions
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We are pleased to offer a fine example of an early all metal tulwar with a heavy fighting blade made entirely of Indian wootz steel with a hardened edge. This example can be attributed to an earlier period by the distinct grip which has the bulge located towards the pommel and not centered as in later types of tulwars, and has the pommel cap ends ending in a sharper point than later examples which are generally rounded. The example dates to the 17th-18th C.
This form is also known in the Junagarh ( जुनाग्द क़िला) Fort Museum, in Bikaner, and was used by the Mahratta warriors of the Deccan and the Rajput kingdoms in further north.
The blade on this example displays a profusion of chiseled markings including the dot marks of the Bikaneer armory and also an inscription in Urdu along the spine. Both are undeciphered but leave much space for research. The blade is single edged and has a scarf weld at the base as is appropriate for the armory examples which were used in battle. The last third of the blade is a false edge.
Very fine overall condition. Overall length is 35", blade is 30" and 1/4" thick at the spine.