This rare and unusual Indian sword appears to have been made with the blade from a British 1856 pattern Infantry Pioneers hanger.
The 580mm single-edged blade has 27 pairs of sharp saw teeth and terminates in a double-edged spear point. The sword is double-edged for the final 160mm. The lower and upper edges have been service sharpened and remain sharp.
The blade is engraved on both sides at the forte with panels containing script. Partly hidden by the languets, the ricasso bears an engraved cartouche with a stylised floral motif. The blade is in very good condition and is held firmly within the hilt in the traditional manner.
Interestingly, there is no sign of any British makings on the spine or ricasso. They may have been ground off or may never have been present, the blade having been made for export.
The blade is fitted with a silver-plated steel tulwar hilt. The hilt is of the pattern known to originate from the north of India, particularly Delhi. The hilt is in good condition and retains almost all of its silver plating. The disk pommel is tight and unmoving and is finished with a sun dick and domed finial.
This is a very interesting Indo-Persian sword dating to the last half of the 19th Century. The solid, quality construction, engraved blade and silver-plated hilt indicate that this was a prized, high-status weapon.
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