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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 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger

Superb 18th C. Indian Mughal Katar Dagger

( ID: id1178 )

18th C. Indian katar of North Indian Mughal form.  This example remains in exceptional condition with nearly all of the gold koftgari which is thicker and partially of zarnishan or inlaid type.  This indicates an earlier dating, coupled with the fine lines of the blade and original polish.  The katar is almost certainly wootz but the original polish has obscured the pattern. The blade is thickly armor pierced. An exceptional katar of beautiful sculptural form. Overall length 18" ...

Price:$5,499
Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Mughal Indian Combination Axe and Flintlock Pistols published 1972 Gordon H. Frost "Blades and Barrels"

Exceptionally Rare 18th C. Mughal Indian Combination Axe and Flintlock Pistols published 1972 Gordon H. Frost "Blades and Barrels"

( ID: ia1003 )

It's rare to be able to offer example of published provenance and such fine desing. A combination axe and pistol this Mughal axe is fine heavy weight, all iron, chiseled with fine detailing on the axehead which follows the design of an axe found in the Metropolitan Museum, with trapezoidal shape blade finely chiseled with bird designs at the extemitiies, which likely held stones, rubies or sapphires at some point.  The pieces comes apart into four section, pistols barrel, axehead, haft, and has a concealed dagger that screws into the haft.  All iron parts are finely made, and were...

Price:$7,000
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
Rare 17th C. Indian ex. Bikaner Armory Axe Zaghnal

Rare 17th C. Indian ex. Bikaner Armory Axe Zaghnal

( ID: ia874 )

A unique example of early weaponry from Indian civilization, this unique 17th century piece originates from the Bikaner Armory.  The copious markings in punch marks applied to the counter-punch and the face of the blade illuminate the origins of the axe.  A rare find, the weapon extends 24 inches and the axehead is 10 inches long, while the haft likely consists of rosewood. Soldiers of the Mughal Empire at the time would employ the weapon as an armor-piercing blade in battle.  Considered one of the "gunpowder empires" of the time period, the Mughal Empire battled the Safavid ...

Price:$2,200
18th C. Mughal Tabarzin Axe

18th C. Mughal Tabarzin Axe

( ID: ia421 )

This example of a select antique weapon features a durable fighting head with much of the gold koftgari preserved.  The original shaft retains the original brown velvet, which is now stained.  The pierce in its entirety spans 25 inches in length with the cutting edge of the axehead is 5 inch-es long.  Examples of the piece are found in the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Muse-um of Art in New York.  The Tabarzin, translated from the original Persian as "saddle-hatchet" was the traditional battle axe of the Persian Empire or what is modern day Iran.  The ant...

Price:$1,200