Category: indian



Mughal Dagger (Khanjar) with Silver Horse-Head Hilt and Scabbard, Probably Rajasthan, North India, 18th Century

The silver-hilt in the form of a horse’s head with engraved parcel-gilt details, set with gemstone eyes and on harness, foliate scroll form cross-guard, the watered-steel blade with central ridge, the velvet covered wood-scabbard set with openwork mounts. 39 cm.

Indian sword with short broadsword blade (prob…


Indian sword with short broadsword blade (probably European), 18th or 19th century

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar with European bl…


Indian Tulwar with European blade, c.1771-1799

The blade is broad, heavy, curved and single edged, with three narrow fullers running almost the full length. The iron hilt is of Indo-Muslim form, comprising a dish pommel with a central dome and tang button, a grip with a transverse ridge swelling to blunt points at either side, short quillons with rounded terminals, a recurved knuckle bow and long, broad langets terminating in lotus buds. The hilt was originally silvered.

Dimensions: The length of the blade is 825 mm, the overall length being 990 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 2.72 kg.

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Tanjore Prize Fighters, c.1820

Tanjore Prize Fighters, c.1820

Indian Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, 19th Century79…

Indian Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, 19th Century

79 cm (31 in.) single edged curved blade on hilt with bow guard around wooden grip, 92 cm (36 in.) long overall.

Afghan Pulwar vs Indian Tulwar – Some Though…

Afghan Pulwar vs Indian Tulwar – Some Thoughts on Sword Design

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Indian Pattern 1853 Style Cavalry Trooper’s Sword

British 1853 Pattern NSBDA Cavalry Troopers Sword.  The blade is fullered along ¾ of its length with a left ricasso stamped “RODWELL & CO.” and right ricasso stamped “ ISD / * ”. it is checkered black leather covered grip panels with steel hilt and guard with bottom front of guard stamped “NS / BDA”.    It comes with the leather scabbard with steel belt hanger and rounded toe.   The blade length 32-½" and it features an overall length of 39-½".    Condition is very good for its age with light wear to blade and moderate wear to leather surface of grip panels.   The scabbard is very supple with some light scuff marks to the surface of the leather.

This Indian version of the British Pattern 1853 Cavalry Trooper’s Sword was made in the late 19th century and into the early 20th century. This version of the P1853 is quite clunky compared to the real British P1853. Rodwell & Co.–the makers–were railway contractors in India, so one wouldn’t expect them to know how to produce a good sword.

ISD stands for India Stores Department. I am not sure what NS BDA means, but some collectors believe it refers to Nartive States Baruda. If memory serves me correctly, I believe that some of The Guides troopers in the film The Far Pavilions used these Rodwell-made swords. 

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar, 19th Century  …


Indian Tulwar, 19th Century 

The hilt is of steel with short quillons (tholies), the front one supporting a a knuckle guard (paraj), and a large saucer-shaped pommel (katori). The surface is decorated in gold koftgari with sprays of flowers and foliage and bands of chevron pattern in thick gold outlined in plain steel against a gold ground. The blade is single edged and curved, of watered steel, narrow at the hilt and widening slightly to the point. It has two narrow grooves (mang) close to the rounded spine, a short ricasso, and a bevelled edge. The scabbard is of wood covered with crimson velvet, with a chape and throat of gilt copper. The baldrick is of crimson silk webbing with greem borders and scrolling foliage decoration in gold thread, with a buckle of gilt copper.

Dimensions: length: 87.8 cm (34.5 in), blade length: 75.2 cm (29.6 in) Weight: 1.16 kg (2 lb 9 oz)

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victoriansword: Indian khanda sword, khanjar d…


Indian khanda sword, khanjar dagger, flintlock pistol, and dhal shield.

This heavy and tremendously long Indian firangi sword dates to some time in the 18th century, perhaps earlier. 126 cm-long overall, it is mounted with a whopping 105 cm or 41" long blade, single-edged, composed of pattern folded steel, with a nice damascus-like weave. Blade is still razor- sharp and shows signs of prior cleanings. Two-handed Khanda hilt of steel construction has acquired a beautiful dark patina.


victoriansword: Indian Pahari Sword, 18th or 1…


Indian Pahari Sword, 18th or 19th Century

With broad fullered double-edged blade swelling at the forte and decorated on both sides with gold- and silver-damascened foliage, steel hilt decorated en suite and comprising downcurved quillons with stylised makara-head terminals, pointed langets, and swelling grip with hollow cup-shaped pommel filled with jingles, and disc-shaped pommel with button finial on a mount with pierced star-shaped border. 74.4 cm.