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Fine North Indian Indo-Persian Mughal Shamshir Sword, Circa 1800 with wootz and gold blade

Fine North Indian Indo-Persian Mughal Shamshir Sword, Circa 1800 with wootz and gold blade

( ID: is1282 )

A fine example of an Indian shamshir displaying all of the elements of a high-quality sword.  The sword likely of Mughal origin, or North Indian, is mounted with bone grips and with iron mounts damascened in gold, retaining the original chape with much of the gold koftgari.  The scabbard is then entirely mounted in repoussed silver with elements of Bhuj or Sindi workmanship, indicating possibly a Northwest Indian origin. The blade of very fine quality entirely of a vivid wootz or watered steel pattern with a chiseled forte overlaid in gold, with elements of neo-Maml...

Price:$6,800
12. South Indian Travancore Parashu axe combination weapon, circa 18th C.

12. South Indian Travancore Parashu axe combination weapon, circa 18th C.

( ID: ic1261 )

Overall length: 91.5 cm Axe head length: 15.25 cm Axe head width: 15.25 cm Weight: 5.5 lbs Price on request Few cultures created combination weapons of such interesting design and incongruous utility as that resident on the Indian sub-continent, with south India the particular area where combination forms were most readily adopted or used. A most interesting object, this exceptionally large and heavy combination weapon, combines three iconic weapons of the sub-continent with a classic Hindu khanda style handle, including a mace or gurz, a wavy dagger-like zaghnal blade, and a...

13. Circa 1800 Sind Tulwar with kirk narduban wootz blade

13. Circa 1800 Sind Tulwar with kirk narduban wootz blade

( ID: ic1262 )

Overall length: 104.2 cm Blade length: 84 cm Weight: 3.5 lbs Price on request An exceptionally large and royal quality tulwar that can be identified to the Sindh region during the reign of the House of Talpur. The quality of the blade, likely of Shirazi origin (Elgood 2017), the silver fittings, and exceptional quality sheet silver overlaid hilt indicate a royal origin. Tulwars, with slender elongated hilts, often overlaid with gold koftgari decoration of fine floral design with canted pommels, mounted with exceptional wootz blades, and scabbards with fittings with space for small...

Price:$1
15. Early South Indian Bronze Implement in the form of a Blackbuck Antelope

15. Early South Indian Bronze Implement in the form of a Blackbuck Antelope

( ID: ic1264 )

Height: 20.32 cm Width: 10.16 cm Weight: .5 lb Price on request South Indian bronze work has long been recognized for its quality and workmanship from the pre-modern period 8th century through the 19th century. The Chola Period was especially recognized for the quality and workmanship of deities and other ritual objects cast primarily in the Thanjāvūr and Tiruchchirāppalli Districts of modern Tamil Nadu (Dehejia et. al 2002). The images would be cast by the cire-perdue, or lost-wax, process and received final carving and designs after the mold was opened. Important collections of...

16. Mysore or Tanjore straight spearhead (sang) Circa 1600

16. Mysore or Tanjore straight spearhead (sang) Circa 1600

( ID: ic1265 )

Overall length: 43.2 cm Blade length: 21.6 cm Blade width: 4.75 cm Weight: 2lbs Price on request A rare example of an Indian spearhead from the Tanjore region, and dispersed from the Tanjore armory, this south Indian sang is a rarer form of the more commonly found curved forms. These types are most often dated to the late 16th-17th centuries. The largest selection of these, in pristine condition, is found in the Royal Collection, Windsor Trust, at Sandringham and are illustrated in Griggs (1910). At least two examples are on display currently at Sandringham (RCIN 3814; RCIN 3...

17. Important South Indian Mysore Palace Ankus Elephant Goad Axe, circa 18th C.

17. Important South Indian Mysore Palace Ankus Elephant Goad Axe, circa 18th C.

( ID: ic1266 )

Overall length: 61 cm Overall width: 30.5 cm Axe head length: 15.25 cm Axe head width: 10.14 cm Aṅkuśa length: 15.25 cm Aṅkuśa width: 15.25 cm Weight: 2.7lbs Price on request An object that represents an important tradition in south Indian ironwork, this combination aṅkuśa, axe, and spear falls into an well-known tradition of combination arms going back to the 17th and 18th centuries during the Nayaka period. With a surfeit of yāli head designs in the south Indian style and mounted with an aṅkuśa, this monumental Indian arm has a likely royal origin in south India...

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 remind...

Price:$900
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
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:$1,200
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 dimensi...

Price:$5,300
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
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 to so...

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, slips...

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