Lot 598
  • 598

A fine Mughal blued-steel hilted sword (talwar) with chevron watered blade and gold-mounted scabbard, India, 18th/19th century

10,000 - 14,000 GBP
12,500 GBP
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the single-edged slightly curved blade with double recess and chevron watering, the blued steel hilt of baluster form with disc pommel inlaid in gold with registers of flowering plants with pearl and chevron borders, the later velvet-covered wood scabbard with gold openwork mounts decorated with floral and vegetal scrolls

Catalogue Note

The chevron pattern on the blade is achieved by welding alternate wedge-shaped segments of steel together in a chevron design. Such blades were forged in Rajasthan and Punjab as early as the seventeenth century. Examples can be found in most museum armoury collections in India, notably in Delhi, Alwar, Jodhpur, Mumbai and others. The V&A has at least two examples. For a discussion of the technique, see Figiel, L., On Damascus Steel, New York, 1991, pp.104-7.