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at the ricasso 36 mm, in the middle 27 mm
steel, iron, koftgari
first quarter 19th century
A tulwar with a Punjabi type hilt. Crisp edges with faint gold koftgari work. The steel blade is of a Persian type with interupted parallel fullers and a bilateral 'U'-shaped fuller near the base. It's an unusal feature to have the 'U'-shape fuller on both sides of the blade. It has Genovese imitation eyelash marks with dotted finals. This is a blade type often seen on Afghan pulwars. The blade type, fullers and eyelash marks were probably used to impress and thus compensate for the absence of wootz as used on real Persian swords. Nice sword in good condition with a nice patina to the blade.
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