This 19th Century Indian tulwar is of munitions grade, meaning that it was locally forged for issue to an enlisted soldier. These sturdy, no frills swords were issued to the lower ranks and were the main weapon of the Indian soldier.
The 770mm curved blade is un-fullered, with a flat spine and terminates in a hatchet point. The single-edged blade retains a sharp fighting edge.
The steel hilt has a baluster style grip, long languets and large pommel disk incorporating a dome with a skull-crusher spike. A split in the pommel disk has a period forge (hammer) welded repair. The cross guard continues into a later added recurved knuckle bow with a stylized lotus bud terminal.
The blade is firm in the hilt.
The tulwar is complete with its leather covered wooden scabbard. The scabbard is in good condition with age and use-related wear. The stitched seam is intact and tight. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
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