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Late 17th or early 18th century Pulouar with Wootz blade

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Price: £1,400

Ref: 060.17

Item Description

A representative Pulouar mounted with a well forged blade of tight dark  wootz. The blade is single edged with a fuller extending to 7 inches (17.5 cm) from the tip after which it is double edged. The blade has a pronounced ricasso some 2.5 inches (6.5 cm) long. The blade still has a keen edge.

The hilt is of usual form with an upturned dome-shaped pommel decorated with patterns of ridges and lines which radiate from its middle. It retains its “jingles”. On top the pommel is capped with a disc and a domed florette in its centre pierced on top and mounted with a suspension loop. The swollen grip is decorated with vertical lines in raised relief and leather bound cord top and bottom. Between the quillons a brass star patterned disc is present either side of the hilt below which langets extend down the blade either side to end in swollen terminals and a pattern of five pierced holes. The steeply curving quillons terminate in stylised dragon heads.

The original scabbard is of wood covered with tooled designs of foliage in raised relief either side on a  blackened leather surface. The chape is of iron as are the ring mounts. An old patch repair to the leather extends on one side for 9.5 inches (24 cm) along the middle area. The blade is 30 inches long (just over 76 cm). The sword over all is just over 34.75 inches (88. cm)

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