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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 17th C., but it likely falls sometime in between that and the year 1820 or so.

Overall length 49", blade is 38".

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