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Old 3rd June 2010, 08:07 PM   #1
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Default A Pattern Welded Tulwar w/ Very Interesting Hilt

This is a very heavy tulwar with a classic pattern welded blade in high contrast, especially on the side shown. The most interesting aspect of the sword is the hilt. It is a typical tulwar hilt, made of iron, but the silver decoration is in a very unusual style, with a basically floral pattern, but in unusual forms. The silver is very thick and creates a clearly seen 3-D effect on the hilt, unlike typical inlay or koftgari.
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Old 3rd June 2010, 09:28 PM   #2
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Charles, I agree - very interesting hilt, as well as a beautiful one. The chiselled and silvered Indian hilts are common, but this one is unusual indeed. The majority are cast with decorations then engraved to final finish, some are deeply engraved/chiselled, with silver applications varying in thickness and technique. Yours is very well chiselled with the "sculpted" effect, and silver applied to the raised surface to create that 3-D effect. The pattern is also quite unusual, not a typical Indian, with some European (borocco ribbons?) elements IMHO. A very good quality hilt. Here are a few "more usual" types:
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