Marwar hilted shamshir

A silver damascened, Talwar hilted shamshir with fine wootz blade. Marwar region, North India - 19th century.

Details of this item

Price

 3.500

Status

Available

Region

South Asia (India, Sri-Lanka)
(Marwar region, Rajasthan, North India)

Period

19th century

Materials

Iron, Steel, Silver, Wood, Velvet

Price

 3.500

Status

Available

Region

South Asia (India, Sri-Lanka)

(Marwar region, Rajasthan, North India)

Period

19th century

Materials

Iron, Steel, Silver, Wood, Velvet

Description

A fine ‘talwar‘ hilted ‘shamshir‘ from the Marwar region, Rajasthan. The ‘shamshir‘ is of Persian origin and is often referred to as ‘lion claw’ due to its heavy curve representing a claw. The grips vary by region and are traditionally fitted with a pistol grip hilt with horn or ivory slabs, full steel or mounted on an Indian ‘talwar‘ hilt such as our example here.

The hilt:
In typical ‘Karan Shahi’ style, often seen within the Rajput culture in the Marwar (Jodhpur) region in North West India. The hilt is made of two pieces of iron, welded together with a large pommel disc featuring a stylistic pattern which represents the sun, where many Rajput clans claim their origin from. The hilt is lavishly decorated with a thick silver overlay in typical Marwar style patterns. The inside of the pommel disc is decorated with a Hindi inscription.

The blade:
A fine consistent woods blade likely imported from Persia or made in India. The pattern shows a fine consistent grain all over the entire length of the blade. The blade is curved and single edged with a near flat spine on almost the entire blade. A cartouche is chiseled near the point of balance and shows a hardly readable phrase which was fashioned in this period, just to make blades look more interesting on the arms market back then.

Comes with original velvet covered scabbard which seem to depict randomly placed embroidered stars.

Marwar hilted shamshir

Condition

Excellent condition

Dimensions

Hilt length: 18.2cm
Blade length: 76cm
Blade spine thickness: 5.5mm
Total length: 90cm

Weight

1097g.

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Provenance

Belgian private collection

Literature

– Ravinder Reddy’s ‘Arms & Armour of India,Nepal & Sri-Lanka