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A fine Indian Talwar dating to the 18th or early 19th century with an iron hilt plated with a thick layer of silver metal. The grip is of approximate diamond section and swollen in the middle. The cross guard is swollen at its ends with disc-like terminals with florettes in the middle. Between the quillons the grip base is decorated in raised relief with a stylised cross either side.
A secondary guard consisting of a knuckle bow extends from near the terminal of the front quillon and rises to the disc-shaped pommel rim where it terminates in a serpent’s head. The outer side of the knuckle bow is decorated with scrolls in raised relief. At the base of the hilt broad langets extend down the blade either side with pierced decorative terminals. The disc-shaped pommel is decorated with a finely chiselled sunburst on top and has a long pointed tang button with a swollen dome-shaped base.
The fine quality blade has been polished in the past and may be of watered steel as the photographs show but is not sold as such. The blade is cut with a deep and sinuous fuller and a shallow now vacant cartouche is evident either side near the hilt. The blade measures 32 inches (81.25 cm) along the cutting edge.