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Malabar sword
Malabar sword
Malabar sword hilt
Malabar sword hilt
Malabar sword
Malabar sword
Malabar sword
Malabar sword
Malabar sabre
South India 18th century
Indo-Persian arms
Ref. is0017
SOLD

A rare rapier sword from the Malabar coast. The bronze hilt is of symmetrical design with flared langets, and pointed quillions. The body features decorations of silver geometric chasing motifs. Flexible 78.5cm triple fullered blade, probably of European origin with rounded tip. Wear to both hilt, decorations and blade. Overall nice patina. Sold a rapier version recently from the same British collection. See our history section.

A similar sword is kept at The National Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland – bought to the Paris Exhibition of 1855 by the East Indian Company. The sword is illustrated on the rear sleeve of Hindu Arms & Ritual by Robert Elgood.



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