Silver-wash hilt Tulwar
Origin: India (maybe Rajasthan)
Date: early 19th century
Materials: Steel, Silver, wood and leather
A good quality Indian Tulwar with a silver-wash hilt.
The hilt is of a typical ope guard form with large langets and a surajvansh (sunburst) at the top of the hilt. These are typical signs pointing towards this being manufactured in Rajasthan.
The blade follows traditional form with a ricasso (an unsharpened length of blade just above the hilt) and a single fuller. The blade is fairly broad with expected age but to consequence. It is possible that the blade is of wootz construct; an etch would reveal more. The blade is strong and shows its character and strength.
Overall, a nice example of a functional tulwar with practical purpose. The remains of silver show that this tulwar has been kept in good condition throughout its time while showing signs of age.