An Indian sword tulwar with a gold decorated hilt
An Indian sword tulwar with a gold decorated hilt, c 1800. The burnished blade (with some rust stains) cut with a single fuller, a swollen double edge tip, and with incised discs filled with lac. The large hilt covered with thick gold damascene decoration (koftgari) in the form of flowering plants. The pommel disc is fitted with a solar disc cut with 52 points, and surmounted by a short pommel spike. The compressed grip swells to two points. This type of sword is ascribed to Sikh use.
Blade length 32¾" (83cms) Overall length 38¼" (97cms)