A very unusual Indian shortsword
A very unusual Indian shortsword fitted with a heavy silver blade, early 19th century. The blade and crosspiece both of silver alloy, the thick blade sharply curved and swollen towards the tip is cut with 3 fullers, and engraved with an Indian crest beneath trailing foliage and inlaid in gold with the date 1819. The back edge is deeply chiselled with foliage and engraved with a band of squares. Plain crosspiece and one piece ivory grip with silver lanyard eyes in the pommel. The blade form echoes those found on particular 17th Century Arab swords Nimcha with maritime association. See B. Augustin "Oriental Splendour-Islamic Art from German Private Collections" Hamburg 1993, No 128. The silver blade is probably seen as being invested with talismanic properties.
Blade length 22" (56cms) Overall length 27¾" (70.5cms)