A Large Gold Tegh
Origin: North India
Date: 19th century
Materials: Gold, Steel, Wood, brass and Velvet
A true example of a fighting Tegh.
Typically, most in the west will refer to the Indian Sword as simply a Tulwar (often spelled as Talwar or Tulvar). Tulwar in its simplistic form is used to describe a one-edged sword from the Indian subcontinent. This description originates from the Sanskrit word ‘Taravari’. The Tulwar could be utilised by either cavalry or infantry. The talwar or talvār (Hindi) is the archetypical saber of India. These were used both as weapons and status symbols. The ones used for status were distinguished through their design, use of gold work and other ornamental additions. Usually, all forms of swords unless specifically distinguishable are referred to as a Tulwar (sword)
The hilt is of a traditional form, without the knuckle guard. What makes this tulwar unique is the size of the blade - and to match that - the handle is also of large proportions. There are floral motifs and vines in the form of gold koftgari which is 90% in tact. There is no nuckle-guard which allows for a comfortable grip without any restriction.
The fighting blade is slender and of larger proportions. The blade is a ‘Tegh’ - more straight with a slight curve towards the end. There is a floral motif etched into the blade at the base where the handle and blade meet. A very unusual but deliberate design by the maker. The width of the blade is twice the size of a standard sized tegh and comes in at 1.8 inch. The blade itself is 92cm in length. The blade is made of Spring Steel (or Shpaad / Jihajee steel as referred to in India) making it flexible. Overall the blade is crisp and retains its original polish. A blade of this width and size is not typical - in fact it is very rare as its proportions exceed that of other tulwars.
This tulwar is accompanied with a new wooden scabbard, which has been wrapped in brown velvet with a gold trim down the centre. Fitted on the scabbard are ornate thin copper fittings which are large and crafted in the form of floral motifs. The copper fittings are finished with a gold coloured wash.
A very nice example of a rare type of large fighting Tegh with most of the koftgari on the hilt preserved. . The large blade is a unique with its original polish and finish. A great collectible sword with a host of interesting features.