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40 cm / sheathed 41,5 cm
walrus, wootz steel, silver, wood, iron, velvet
489 grams sheathed, 400 grams unsheathed
Early 19th century
A curved blade double-edged over half its length towards the reinforced point and with medial ridge on both sides terminating at a gold-damascened panel behind the point, the spine of T- section near the base with trefoil-shaped finial damascened with koftgari gold foliage, the forte on each side damascened in gold with a shaped panel of foliage, a gold-damascened vase of flowers beyond, beaked iron hilt decorated in gold en suite with the forte and rounded marine-ivory grips. Scabbard covered with burgundy velvet, two copper fittings with embossed, silvered decoration. Condition is very good with over 90% of the gold uneffected. Small chip of the walrus handle skillfully restored.
Comparable examples in museums:
V&A Museum, London, South & South East Asia Collection, Accession numbers: 3425&A(IS) , 3432(IS), 3428:1&A(IS)
Egerton, Wilbraham, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms; being a classified and descriptive catalogue of the arms exhibited at the India museum: with an introductory sketch of the military history of India, London, 1880p.130
Lord Egerton of Tatton, Indian and Oriental Armour, London, 1896, p. 130, Cat. No. 617
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