Moderate restoration of a Persian blade Tulw…

Moderate restoration of a Persian blade Tulwar

This unusual Tulwar sword had seen better days. The blade is of dark Persian wootz steel mounted on a copper Indian hilt. The blade was heavily pitted, scratched and stained. The copper hilt was almost totally exposed leaving very little of its original gold and was heavily tarnished and dented. We first started by cleaning up the blade paying close attention to keep the hollow ground fullers intact. After some carefully conditioning we were able to reveal a lovely dark wootz pattern. Please note the Assadullah inscription on the blade was a later addition by a not so clever craftsmen! but we left it at the clients request. We hand cleaned the copper hilt, repairing any small dents, damage and finally plated the hilt in 24k gold with a subtle polished shine. No sword is complete without a scabbard, so we made a period correct scabbard using traditional techniques and materials. We sealed the inside of the wooden scabbard to prevent it attacking the surface of the blade and then covered the scabbard in genuine velvet from the 1900’s and finished it with a gold plated braid and chape.