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18th C. Indian Mughal or Rajput Spearhead, Junagarh Fort Armory Bikaner

18th C. Indian Mughal or Rajput Spearhead, Junagarh Fort Armory Bikaner

( ID: is1242 )

A fine 18th C. Indian spearhead of interesting and early design. This example is a known type and has an interesting mechanism with two pronged iron flanges below the spearhead which are sturdy but have a springiness to them.  The base of the spearhead is decorated with large chiseled floral designs, while the tip of the spearhead is thickened similar to a katar. The entire spearehead is chiseled from two solid pieces of metal, with the spearhead likely to be wootz, and with the makara head at the base of the spearhead chiseled en suite with the head itself.   This form ...

Price:$1,800
Fine 17th C. Mughal Bikaner Rajput Talwar Sword, wootz blade with multiple inscriptions

Fine 17th C. Mughal Bikaner Rajput Talwar Sword, wootz blade with multiple inscriptions

( ID: is1240 )

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 t...

Price:$1,899
Fine 19th C. Indian Sindh or Oudh Bhuj (भुज) Axe Sword

Fine 19th C. Indian Sindh or Oudh Bhuj (भुज) Axe Sword

( ID: ia1239 )

A fine example of an early 19th C. bhuj or dagger axe.  This example is of a well known form of a very high level of quality with sculptural design in the form of an armed hunter lancing a tiger or other big cat.   The bhuj (Devanāgarī: भुज) is a type of knife or dagger from western India. It is commonly called an axe-knife, because the blade is fixed onto an axe-like haft. The weapon takes its name from the city of Bhuj in the Kachchh district of the state of Gujarat, where it is said to have originated The Bhuj is short, broad, stout, and heavy, with a mild curve. This...

Price:$3,600
Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Lacquered Dhal Shield of Siege weight and thickness

Fine 18th C. Indian Mughal Lacquered Dhal Shield of Siege weight and thickness

( ID: ia1232 )

A very fine Indian dhal shield, dating to the mid 18th century of exceptional quality.  While this shield has no decoration other than the finely propotioned copper bosses now with a rich reddish patina, the thick black lacquer betrays its early manufacture as these types of shields can be seen in early Mughal miniatures where the shiny lacquered surface would contrast with the mutli colored gowns and accoutrement of the Mughal court. The quality and workmanship of this example is finer than we've seen on comparable shields and the weight and thickness indicate that this would have bee...

Price:$1,900
Late 18th C. Mughal Indian Javelin Spear, blue and gold decoration

Late 18th C. Mughal Indian Javelin Spear, blue and gold decoration

( ID: is1231 )

A fine example of a late 18th C. Indian javelin, mounted on a bamboo pole, with a very fine quality wootz steel head overlaid with bluing and gold koftgari. The javelin is primarily a missile weapon that takes the form of a light spear with a small head. Utilised both in combat and for hunting it is often used from horseback but is also effective on foot. For the javelin, the material of the shaft was usually hardwood or bamboo, only occasionally were shafts made entirely of iron or steel. Up until the sixteenth century the javelin-head was largely produced of plain steel, and it was not un...

Price:$1,600
Unique 18th C. Mughal Hindu Indian Wootz Khanda Firangi Sword

Unique 18th C. Mughal Hindu Indian Wootz Khanda Firangi Sword

( ID: is1238 )

A fine example of an early 18th C. Indian firangi of rather unique hilt design. The typical khanda hilt is of finer quality than normal with a beautiful wootz pattern visible in the windows of the upper part of the hilt.  The guard of the hilt is also pierced and opem with an arrow design of fine quality and delicate execution.  The grip is wrapped in silver wire. The blade is wootz and is of the firangi style with a pattern visible throughout.  A fine and rare firangi with wootz blade and wootz khanda hilt. It is quite rare to have a wootz firangi blade of fine flexible d...

Price:$5,300
Fine 17th-18th C. North Indian Rajput Khanda Sword with massive blade

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. ...

Price:$6,499
Superb Early 19th c. Sind Indian or Oudh Musket with chiseled hunting shikargar barrel

Superb Early 19th c. Sind Indian or Oudh Musket with chiseled hunting shikargar barrel

( ID: if889 )

A very fine early 19th C. Sind rifle with a fully chiseled barrel with designs of hunting and animals throughout. The heavy stock is made of ebony wood and is of exceptional quality. The lock is a native made percussion lock in the style of a British early 19th C. Percussion lock. Several capucins are missing but the remaining silver wire capucins are of fine quality. The heavy barrel is finely chiseled with elephants, deer, tiger and other animals and with hunters firing at them. These designs are reminiscent of shikargar hunting swords, several of which we have offered in the past se...

Price:$6,499
18th C. Collection of Eighteen Indian Mughal War Arrows of various shapes

18th C. Collection of Eighteen Indian Mughal War Arrows of various shapes

( ID: ia1162 )

A fine set of 18 Mughal Indian war arrows dating to the 18th-early 19th C. in fine condition and of various forms.  All retain their iron crafted heads, including various style of armor piercing heads and several chiseled with fullers.  The hafts are bamboo and all in fine condition with no cracks or breaks, and many retain their multi material nocks as well. Average length is 30". ...

Price:$1,600
Rare Indian Lucknow Rapier Sword of distinct form, 17th-19th C. (?)

Rare Indian Lucknow Rapier Sword of distinct form, 17th-19th C. (?)

( ID: is1165 )

A rare Indian rapier, this example could date as early as the 17th C. through the early 19th C. The grip is composed of a carved wooden grip of very distinct form, and type which has been attributed to Lucknow. The rapier blade is likely of European origin and is highly flexible springing back to form. There is an indistinct armorers mark at the base of the blade, along with a number likely from an Indian armory. A nearly identical example, but with a pommel spike, is currently in a cabinet in the Bikaner Armory, India, which allows us to date this at the non conservative end to the 17...

Price:$1,900
18th C. Mughal Tulwar Firangi Sword inlaid with gold parasol mark of royal ownership

18th C. Mughal Tulwar Firangi Sword inlaid with gold parasol mark of royal ownership

( ID: is1135 )

A fine and interesting tulwar of a type rarely found. This example as a grip which can be ascribed to North India with a ball pommel of a form found on pulwars.  However this is clearly an Indian Mughal example and is mounted with an interesting blade of fine proportions which has an old and original inlay of gold of the Imperial Mughal parasol. This is inlaid in the right style for original 18th C. or earlier workmanship though the hilt is likely no earlier than the 18th C.  Blades found with inlaid gold parasols are thought to indicate Imperial or Royal ownership or presentation...

Price:$3,500
Fine 18th C. Mughal Cavalry Horseman's Tulwar Sword Saber, complete with original scabbard

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...

Price:$4,500
Gorgeous 17th C. Deccan South Indian Rock Crystal Dagger with thick armor piercing wootz blade

Gorgeous 17th C. Deccan South Indian Rock Crystal Dagger with thick armor piercing wootz blade

( ID: ia1116 )

An early and powerful South Indian Deccani khanjar. This is a rare example of south Indian form which can be seen by the recurving and multi-fullered armor piercing blade with traces of Vijayanagar style in the fullering (i.e. multi-fullered south Indian katars).  The pistol grip rock crystal grip is in exceptional condition with no chips or losses and of crystal with almost no inclusions, except for several tell-tale lines.  The blade is of exceptional form, thick and re-curved with a square sectioned armor piercing tip. The blade displays a fine wootz pattern which can...

Price:$6,400
Extremely Rare 18th C. Mughal North Indian Astrolabe

Extremely Rare 18th C. Mughal North Indian Astrolabe

( ID: ia969 )

A very rare and interesting 18th C. or earlier Mughal Indian astrolabe.  This example is a provincial made example of unique construction.  The rete or top plate is domed, which is extremely uncommon, and chiseled and pierced throughout with astrological symbols.  The mater, or mainplate, is chiseled on the inside with various caligraphic designs and directional inputs, along with the designs of the Islamic astrological calendar, which incorporated earlier Greek astrological symbology.   The horse, or in this case rather the eagle attached to a small piece of string...

Price:$6,500
Fine 18th C. Southern Indian Deccan Tribal Tabar Axe

Fine 18th C. Southern Indian Deccan Tribal Tabar Axe

( ID: ia928 )

A fine example of a known type that can be attributed to south India, possibly Tanjore or Mysore. This example has a finely forged and sculptural axehead inlaid with brass decoration.  The counter spike is finely formed with a scaled form and upswept square stepped form.  The handle is fine red wood mounted with brass rosettes and an iron reinforcing rod. Overall length is 22", axehead is 7" in length. ...

Price:$1,900
Exceptional 18th C. Afghan North Indian Pulwar with wootz handle and damascus blade

Exceptional 18th C. Afghan North Indian Pulwar with wootz handle and damascus blade

( ID: is887 )

An exceptional pulwar this example features of a distinct turbaned hilt composed of Indian crystalline wootz. The handle has a finely fomed d-guard with a copper inset hidden among a screen of chiseled iron. The pommel is very finely formed with a chiseled brass lanyard ring matching the chiseled decoration of the rest of the hilt. The blade is a heavy deeply curved fighting blade finely fullered of a distinct tulwar style, but with a dimpled and recessed forte indicative of higher quality workmanship, and with a stamped makers cartouche. The blade is a composed of layered steel, or damascus, ...

Price:$3,900