Massive 19th c. Mughal or North Indian Broadsword shamshir with watered steel wootz blade and bowenite grips (ID: is965)
Massive 19th c. Mughal or North Indian Broadsword shamshir with watered steel wootz blade and bowenite grips
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A fine and large sword of an uncommon type. This example is mounted with "faux jade" or bowenite grip scale, and a large and wide watered steel wootz blade, displaying the darkened hardened edge typical of Persian wootz, though this blade displays both crystalline Indian structure and areas of Persianate work, implying it was made by skilled smith in Northwest India. The crossguard is interesting and in the European style with mother of pearl inlays and red lac eyes. Overall condition is very nice and a particularly large and heavy sword, completely tight with no shaking.
Overall length is 40", blade is 34", and 1.5" wide.