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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. The blade shows some pitting and spots but is in good condition. No scabbard.
For a full description of this sword; Robert Elgood, Hindu Arms and Ritual, p. 120 - 121.
G.N. Pant, Indian Arms an Armour, vol.2 plate CXIV.
Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour, Lifetime passion, Robert Hales, p. 163, caption 400.
- Chowmahalia Museum; a pahari sword with Firangi hilt and serrated blade.
- Stibbert Museum, Florence
- Hermitage Museum Saint-Petersburg
- Red Fort Museum, Delhi
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum), Mumbai
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