Category: 18th century

Officer’s Sword with Flamberge Blade, Late 18t…

Officer’s Sword with Flamberge Blade, Late 18th Century

Flamberge blade of typical wavy flame form having partial fuller, engraved with 1433 and animal, perhaps a seal and the initials SS, perhaps the blade maker, this on a 18th century style two bar iron hilt with carved ivory grip, blade length 80 cm sword length 94 cm

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Indian Jade and Silver Hilt Khanjar, 17th or 18th Century

With slightly curved double-edged blade of finely watered wootz steel with a double-filler over each side forming a narrow medial ridge to the reinforced point, hilt comprising silver quillon-block with pointed langets and downcurved quillons each with stylised makara-head terminal, and faceted grip of light greyish green jade rising up to a beaked rounded pommel, in its wooden scabbard covered in fishskin (minor damage) with silver locket and chape embossed and chased with a repeated design of foliage. 17.2 cm blade.

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar with Complex Hil…


Indian Tulwar with Complex Hilt, 18th or 19th Century

The single-edged watered steel blade of curved form, impressed mark near forte, the steel hilt with button quillons, open triangular outer-guard pierced with two gold-damascened ducks at the base and rising to a stylised duck’s head finial, curved tapering knuckle-guard with duck head finial, compressed spherical pommel with bud-shaped finial on a petalled mount, decorated in gold overlay with floral sprays and bands containing flower heads, undulating vines and chevron designs. 95 cm long.

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar, 18th-19th Cent…


Indian Tulwar, 18th-19th Century

An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar sword with silver koftgari decoration to the hilt. Curved blade of good quality construction, 29 inches (74cm) long, with ‘eyelash’ engraving.

victoriansword: Pahari Sword, Deccan, 18th Ce…


Pahari Sword, Deccan, 18th Century

Here we have an interesting and rare variant of the indo-afghan Pahari sword. Also known as a Cobra sword. Cleaned 76cm tapering blade with a slightly swollen tip. Sharp edges and flexible. This example has an 18th century khanda hilt. Most examples are classified as 19th century and have an Afghan pulwar hilt with extensive koftgari decoration on both blade and hilt. The undecorated examples I came across are larger and often have a tulwar or khanda hilt.

Who did the laundry in the 18th century?

Who did the laundry in the 18th century?

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For your 18th Century to early 19th Century ad…

For your 18th Century to early 19th Century adventures.

18th Century Laundry — No Washing Machin…

18th Century Laundry — No Washing Machine, No Dryer, Hit it with a Stick

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Hanger, 18th Century

Hanger, 18th Century

This elegant ‘hanger’ probably dates from the mid-1700s and likely had a naval heritage—shorter swords like this being more effective weapons for fighting in the confined spaces of warships. Bone grips are also associated with service within the famous East India Company.

Two identical stamps can be found on the blade, one on either side, which I haven’t been able to identify. The three fullers suggest a German origin for the blade but overall the design is similar to some of the naval hangers made by the famous Birmingham sword-maker Samuel Harvey. The blade is still relatively sharp and ends in a nice clipped point, an uncommonly found feature. The stirrup-hilt has a more pleasing shape to it than most of its stablemates, being waisted across the crossguard.

victoriansword: Tulwar, Northern India, 18th …


Tulwar, Northern India, 18th Century

With curved, slightly broadening and channelled blade, the hilt heavily overlaid in gold with floral motifs, Gurmukhi inscription on upper part of blade in the form of a stylised parasol. 81.5 cm long.

The inscription reads Akal Sahai, Maha Singh, Samvat 18...
Sardar Mahan Singh (1760-1790), the father of Ranjit Singh, was chieftain of one of the smaller Sikh misls or confederacies, the Sukarchakia. Mahan Singh’s father died when he was a child and the misl was ruled in his stead by regents until he was fourteen. The territory he controlled and his power grew by a series of military successes, in particular his occupation of Rasulnagar (renamed Ramnagar), after which many of the other misls transferred their allegiance to him. In 1787 Colonel James Browne estimated his standing army at fifteen thousand horse and five thousand infantry. Im 1774 he married Raj Kaur, the daughter of Raja Gajpat Singh of Jind, and in 1780 she gave birth to a son who was named Ranjit (‘Victor in War’), later to become Maharaja of the Punjab. Mahan Singh died of dysentery at the siege of Sodra in operations against the Bhangi misl.