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Old 3rd May 2010, 08:51 AM   #1
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Default Indian Tulwar with "Human Figure?" mark

Here is a standard, quite ordinary Indian tulwar with heavy and strong blade, the hilt used to be covered with silver but all silver is gone now. Original scabbard covered in old velvet/silk. The blade is stamped on both sides with what appears as a stylized "human figure" mark. Any ideas on this mark? Many thanks.
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Old 3rd May 2010, 10:20 AM   #2
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? - Devanagari 'four' ?
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Old 3rd May 2010, 02:31 PM   #3
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looks a bit like the number four, except isnt curved in at the top and theres a dot below. cant think what else it could be
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Hi Alex,
The last of your pictures, the one where you show the mark, at which side is the hilt to the right or to the left?
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Jens, the same mark was struck on each side of the blade: 14 cm from the base on the right side, and 17 cm on the left side. The same orientation - the "head" is oriented toward the tip of the blade, and "legs" toward the hilt, so on the picture the hilt is to the left.
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OK Alex, then the number '4' is out of the question, as inscriptions/marks are seen from the hilt, and this would mean that the number '4' would stand on its head - which is very unlikely.
I really don't know what it is, but should I guess, and I mean guess, then I would say it is a makers mark, or possible an armoury mark - but why on both sides of the blade?
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