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Fine 18th C. Mughal Cavalry Horseman's Tulwar Sword Saber, complete with original scabbard

( ID: is1130 )

A fine large example of a Mughal Indian cavalry tulwar with a canted hilt of earlier form and Lahori style trefoil crossguard, grip chiseled in iron and overlaid with gold koftgari.

This example has been untouched and comes out of a collection of items collected in the early to mid 20th C.  The blade of this example is a particulary fine type of Indian blade and even retains the polishers marks at the base of the blase, of crosses and "x" (See Elgood Arms of Jaipur for a comparison tulwar with similar polisher's marks at the base).  This indicates the blade has been untouched and is made of Indian damascus, which is visible throughout the blade.  

It's rare to find a Indian fighting blade of this quality in untouched condition displaying the right characteristics of springiness and retaining a razor sharp edge.

Condition is excellent, with almost no losses to grip gold, scabbard velvet now finely aged with the original silver chiseled fish form chape (another indication of Lahori work), and blade is completely original polish.

Overall length is 40", blade is 33".

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