Origin: India (South India)
Date: 19th century
Materials: Wootz, Steel, silver, Wood and cotton
This type of Indian sword is sometimes referred to as a dhup, which is the term used in the Deccan region to describe a straight sword with a single edge. Sukhela is the more common word and used by most in the South of India. This type of sword considered an emblem of authority and was conferred as a mark of distinction on successful soldiers, nobles and favourites of the Rulers.
This example features a traditional hilt without the knuckle-guard. The pommel disk has a pointed pommel spike which can be used for striking. The hilt is etched with a floral design and would have originally been covered in silver work; only some of this has been retained (approx. 35%). The blade is straight and has an ever so slight curve and is single edged. The blade may be wootz, but this can only be tested/revealed with an etch. There is a slight movement internally in the hilt and blade joint (but this does not effect the sword and the hilt and blade will not come loose).
Our example is accompanied with a historically accurate new wooden scabbard which has been wrapped in blue velvet.
Overall, this is a very nice example of a rare type of sword. All the characteristics point to this swords being specifically made for the owner. The hilt is of a nice form and the blade is strong while retaining some flexibility.