This exquisite Tulwar, originating from India, likely from Rajasthan or Agra, dates back to the 18th or 19th century. It features a silver-plated iron hilt, masterfully crafted in the characteristic Tulwar style. The hilt includes a knuckle guard for added protection and is composed of short langets, mushroom-shaped quillons, and a recurved bud-shaped finial. The centerpiece is the large, dish-shaped pommel, ornately decorated across its entire surface. The intricate design involves silver meticulously applied over a hatched ground, incised to form an array of flowerheads set within a complex pattern of scrolling foliage.

The blade of this Tulwar is a marvel of craftsmanship. It is a massive, mildly curved wootz blade that offers both single and false edges. The blade presents a strong contrast in its design, with suggested grooves on either side that widen towards the lower area. In a remarkable display of artistry and symbolism, the upper area of the blade is pierced with five rectangular sections, each containing movable small silver balls, known as the “tears of the wounded,” adding a poignant and unique feature to the weapon.

Completing this magnificent piece is the scabbard, covered in dark blue velvet that encases the wood beneath. It is adorned with a striking gold-plated silver mount, which is not only multiple pierced but also richly decorated with intricate floral and vegetal scrolls. The combination of the detailed metalwork, and the historical craftsmanship presented in a blue velvet scabbard makes this Tulwar a stunning example of historical Indian arms.

Minor areas of patination to blade and hilt, velvet of scabbard later and
in mint condition, hilt in excellent condition

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Tulwar with silver plated iron hilt

Stock Number: 42014

Tulwar with silver plated iron hilt, upper area of the blade with « tears of the wounded », scabbard in dark blue velvet with mount in gold-plated silver, India (probably Rajasthan or Agra), 18th/19th century
  • Length inc scabbard : 85 cm (33.5 inches)
  • Length of blade : 68 cm (26.7 inches)
  • Width of blade : 3.5 cm (1.4 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Length inc scabbard : 85 cm (33.5 inches)
  • Length of blade : 68 cm (26.7 inches)
  • Width of blade : 3.5 cm (1.4 inches)


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