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Indian Shamshir, 18th or 19th Century Late 18…

Indian Shamshir, 18th or 19th Century

Late 18th/Early 19th Century, Probably Deccani, with curved blade of finely watered wootz steel (minor areas of rust patination) double-edged to the point in front of the yelman, the forte on each side with long gold-damascened cartouche with borders of meandering flowering foliage enclosing the inscription ‘This is the gift of Navvab Amin al-Mulk’ on one side, and ‘Navvab Fath…’ on the other, the first with a further gold-damascened cartouche above inscribed ‘Work of Asadullah Isfahari’, a gold-damascened amulet (beduh) above, the back of the blade with gold-damascened inscription ‘May God protect the owner of this sword’, all the inscriptions in nasta’liq and against a ground of gold stars and dots, steel hilt decorated overall with gold-damascened buildings and trees before rivers, the central trees on each side of the grip inhabited by two birds, comprising pointed langets with pierced arabesque terminals, and quillon terminals and pommel each formed in the round as a gold-damascened makara-head, in original wooden scabbard covered in plum velvet (faded) with long steel chape and suspension mounts decorated en suite with the hilt, the latter each with silvered suspension ring, and in fine condition overall. 79.9 cm blade.

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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.

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Indian Silver Hilted Shamshir/Tulwar, 18th-19th Century

With earlier curved single-edged blade of finely watered wootz steel, the forte on one side gold-inlaid with three oblong cartouches inscribed respectively ‘There is no hero like Ali’, ‘No sword like Dhul Faqar’ and ‘Work of Assad Allah’, the last together with the date 1150 A.H. corresponding to 1737 A.D., all in nasta’liq, hilt comprising langets each with foliate engraved terminal, quillons with button terminals each engraved with a flower-head, pommel formed in the round as a makara-head, and plain grip. 90 cm blade.

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Indian Zafar Takieh or Crutch Sword with Wootz Blade, 18th Century

With broad curved watered blade double-edged to the point in front of the yelman, steel hilt entirely covered in silver and comprising waisted langets of flattened triangular section, quillons each with rounded terminal, recurved tapering knuckle-guard with scrolled terminal, recurved cushion-shaped pommel of circular section tapering towards the tips, and swelling grip. 

60.4 cm blade.

victoriansword: A South Indian Chilanum/Kha…

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A South Indian Chilanum/Khanjarli

17th/18th centuryThe 12 inch recurved blade of wootz steel with multiple fullers and point of diamond section, the base chiseled with central palmette, the sides with pierced scrollwork. Hilt with faceted V-shaped guard and short grip with central knopf and large two-piece elephant ivory lunette pommel. 

victoriansword: Indian armor, khula-khud (h…

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Indian armor, khula-khud (helmet), char aina (curaiss), dastana (vambrace/arm guard), dhal (shield), a traditional Sikh warrior outfit from the nearly 80 historical artefacts on display in central London at the world’s first major exhibition on the Golden Temple of Amritsar, north India. A full-sized mannequin of a Sikh warrior dressed in the way a high-ranking warrior would have been at the height of the Sikh Empire, head to foot in original, ornate, gold body armour and weaponry.

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British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword and an Indian Axe, 19th Century

The first with 81.5 cm blade etched with scrolls, regimental badge of the 1st Madras (European) Regiment, (late 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers/1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers) and battle honours to Ava, regulation brass gothic hilt, ribbed wood grip [missing shagreen and wire wrap], the second with large head engraved with foliage and standing figures in brass, 13 cm spike, 86 cm overall.

Indian Swords with European Blades

Indian Swords with European Blades

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Native Officers of Ambala, 1850s Here is a…

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Native Officers of Ambala, 1850s

Here is a very similar double breasted padded jacket from the National Army Museum, which they say is associated with 9th (Queen’s Royal) Lancers, circa 1880.