South Indian Tulwar
Origin: India (possibly South India)
Date: 18th/19th century
Materials: Steel, wood and cotton
A large Hindu Basket Hilt Tulwar of large proportions.
THE BASKET HILT
The hilt of the typical Hindu basket hilt of larger than average proportions. It's made of steel, and entirely constructed by forging and chiseling (no casting). At the end of the disc-pommel is a long, curved spike with a flower bud shaped finial. Also, it would give extra protection of the lower arm. The larger than average proportions and chiselled design indicate that this was a functional sword, to be utilised in combat, rather than serving a decorative purpose for court wear. The hilt is larger than average and would have specifically been made for the user.
The blade is slightly curved, staying to the traditional design of a Talwar, with a single fuller. The blade is of a nice build, high quality and shows no fault - it is evident this was a 'fighting blade'
Accompanying this beautiful sword is a blue velvet scabbard with gold trim.