Date: 18th/19th century
Materials: Pattern Welded Steel, silver, steel, wood and leather
The hilt on this sword represents that of which is found in North India; small with a vase-like grip section and small quillons that slightly lean forwards. On the pommel there is a flower-esque design which beautifully blends into the overall aesthetic of the hilt. The hilt was originally covered in a thick overlay of silver, most of which is now unpreserved due to age; so there is approx. 40% remaining.
What gives this tulwar a real edge and character is the quality of the blade. The geometry of the blade is typical of India swords, however, this one slightly thickens towards then end for the last quarter. The blade has a smooth surface and etching which shows off the welding pattern; which is a beauty to the eye. Next to Wootz, pattern-welding is the sought after type of steel and only found on high quality swords. Pattern welding is achieved through vigorous twisting, heating, and hammering of the steel. The water like pattern is then produced and provides the blade with great strength and beauty.
The tulwar is accompanied by a new leather scabbard; constructed of wood and wrapped in a dark brown (near black) leather.
Overall, this is a very nice, heavier than usual, tulwar with a high quality pattern welded (skela) blade and iron hilt with remains of approx. 40% silver.