This piece features a heavy, single-edged blade that is slightly curved, with each side showcasing a wide, shallow groove. Its distinctive double recess and chevron structure, composed of 19 chevron-shaped panels, alternate between homogenous/blued and watered steel. The hilt is made of blued steel, crafted in a baluster shape with a disc pommel, and intricately inlaid with gold through a “deep in-lay” koftgari technique, adorned with designs of flowering plants.

The blade is sheathed in an original scabbard, which is covered in green velvet and boasts gold-plated openwork mounts made from silver. These mounts are elegantly decorated with floral and vegetal scroll designs. For similar artifacts, one might refer to L. Figiel’s work in “On Damascus Steel” (1991, pp.106-7), as well as the Butterfield & Butterfield auction catalog from August 24, 1998, which features THE FIGIEL COLLECTION OF MOGUL ARMS (pages 50/51 and 58/lot 2031), and Hales’ “Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour” (page 163/lot 399).

The overall length in the scabbard is 92 cm, while the blade itself measures 78 cm in length and 3.5 cm in width. The blade comprises 9 segments of pattern-welded, watered steel that exhibit a silvery hue, alternated with 10 segments of homogenous steel without a visible pattern, etched in a deep blue color and forge-welded together. Chevron pattern blades, such as this, have been historically forged in regions like Rajasthan and Punjab since the 17th century. Many museums across India with armor collections, including in cities like Delhi, Alwar, Jodhpur, Mumbai, and others, display such examples, with the V&A Museum possessing at least two of these artifacts.


Condition: Minor areas of patination to blade and hilt, minor wear to velvet of scabbard, original bluing on steel hilt and blade segments in excellent condition (no losses to gold decoration on the hilt).

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Fine Chevron Bladed Tulwar

Stock Number: 97881

Fine Chevron Bladed Tulwar with gold inlaid Mughal blued-
steel hilt and scabbard mounts in gold-plated silver, India
(Rajasthan), 18th/19th century.
  • Length in the scabbard: 92 cm (36.2 inches)
  • Length of blade : 78 cm (31 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Length in the scabbard: 92 cm (36.2 inches)
  • Length of blade : 78 cm (31 inches)



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