A Rajasthani Tulwar
Date: 19th century
Materials: Silver, wootz steel, wood and leather
The steel hilt is of an open guard form and of large proportions. The pommel features a surajvanshi design and pommel spike, a traditional feature of Rajasthani swords. Suryavansh are of the Rajput dynasties and link their lineage to ‘Surya’ who is the Sun God. Suryavansha is mentioned in classical Indian texts like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The hilt is decorated with silver koftgari in the form of geometric and floral patterns, which remains 98% in tact. It is difficult to obtain swords with very good quality hilts, such as this example.
The blade is of substantial construction and of a sirohi type. Excellent weight and a very good feel to the sword; it has a certain presence about it. The blade is constructed of wootz and presents itself as a fighting example with practical characteristics. The is gold work on the spine of the blade which is an unusual feature.
Accompanied with a new leather scabbard.
A very nice sword with fighting capabilities.