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Old 22nd December 2011, 12:51 PM   #6
Stan S.
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Thats a nice fighting tulwar from Rajasthan, most likely Bundi region. The mark of a katar on the blade corresponds with the official stamp/seal of the Bundi municipality and is often seen on tulwar blades dating back from 19th century. This does not necesserily make the blade "Bundi" but gives a strong indication that it might be. The hilt appears to be nickel plated brass, and if so, could be a later addition. I don't believe that nickel plating was widely spread in the East until the 1920s or later but would encourage more knowledible members to correct me on this one
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