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grendolino 24th December 2017 12:22 PM

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Hello everyone.
This is the item recently sold on e-auction.
Am I right it is british made or at least served in some Raj regiment?
Enclosed are the seler pictures of the scripture on the blade and some numbers on the handle

francantolin 24th December 2017 09:20 PM

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Hello Grendolino,

I've got exactly the same !
Indian british occupation I think too !
Exact period ?...

ariel 25th December 2017 03:15 AM

The use of British blades on Indian sword is well known.
Recall Lew Nolan and his story of devastating cuts made by Indian cavalrymen armed with 1796 blades.

grendolino 25th December 2017 09:17 PM

to Ariel: But here is contradictory. The latin script numbers are on the tulwar handle. And arabic script on the blade.

to Francatolin: the difference is in the finials of crossguards - yours are the Deccan style palmettes, the one I found are typical northern round ones. Maeby they both came from England? Like Moles from Birmingham?

David R 26th December 2017 07:59 PM

The Indian customs service has a habit of stamping numbers on antique weapons as a means of tracking and controlling exports. I think this might be an example of such practice.

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