Item: ia614

From the collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel a Rajput tulwar with a chevron pattern Damascus blade



    From the renowned collection of Dr. Leo S. Figiel. This example was purchased from a sale of the individual who purchased this and several other items now available on our site, directly from Dr. Figiel. Dr. Figiel, the well known author of “On Damascus Steel”, the classic 1992 reference work featuring stunning examples of watered steel, and much of which came up for sale in 1998. The pieces we feature were purchased and sold before the reference work was published and therefore do not feature in the 1998 Butterfields sale, however each is indicative of the care that Dr. Figiel placed in curating his pieces.

    One of the rarest types of Indian swords, this tulwar wears a beautiful overlaid gold koftgari handle. The blade is a work of art made of two types of Damascus scarf welded together and displaying a rich chevron pattern. The blade shape is not a plain tulwar style but features a raised back edge, or a yelman as on a Turkish pala or kilich. A truly wonderful sword in excellent condition, and indicative of the quality of Dr. Figiel’s curation.

    34 long