Indian Large 19th Century Tulwar. Broad Bladed Sword. Maker's Mark

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This is an impressively large Indian tulwar with an engraved panel and maker’s mark to one side of the broad blade. It has been suggested that this sword was used for executions but there is no evidence to support this.

The 782mm broad, curved blade is 38mm wide at the forte and has a flat spine terminating in a 180mm double-edged spear point. The blade has three thin fullers on both sides and is in good condition with minor use and age related marks. The sword retains a sharp edge. The forte has an engraved panel with the fullers running through it and a maker’s mark above the languet incorporating a maker’s name. The blade is firm in the hilt.

The steel hilt is of baluster form with palmate quillons to the crosspiece and short languets. At some point the knuckle bow was professionally (armoury?) removed, probably to make the hilt more comfortable as this heavy sword would have been used by a big man. The blade is held securely in the hilt by traditional resin and a rivet through the tang. The disc pommel incorporates a radial sun disc and rounded pommel stud.

This is a well-made and impressive, broad bladed 19th Century tulwar.