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A large Indian Khanda broadsword, circa 18th Century, probably North or Central Indian.  Of all steel construction, the quality can be see in the attention to detail. The basket hilt has some nice intricate design, as do the blade straps that reach down the blade from the hilt.  Of completely solid construction, and retaining a very sharp double edged blade. The blade is very flexible and has light scratching to the surface of the blade. Nice broad spatula tipped blade as is typical on the…

A large Indian Khanda broadsword, circa 18th Century, probably North or Central Indian. Of all steel construction, the quality can be see in the attention to detail. The basket hilt has some nice intricate design, as do the blade straps that reach down the blade from the hilt. Of completely solid construction, and retaining a very sharp double edged blade. The blade is very flexible and has light scratching to the surface of the blade. Nice broad spatula tipped blade as is typical on the…

Kirach, a rare Indian sword with khanda type bracing on the spine of the blade, with green cloth covered scabbard.

Kirach, a rare Indian sword with khanda type bracing on the spine of the blade, with green cloth covered scabbard.

Hand-and-half sword, ca. 1400–1430  Probably Germany  Steel and copper alloy

Hand-and-half sword, ca. 1400–1430 Probably Germany Steel and copper alloy

Sword      Unknown Artist / Maker     Dated: 2nd half of 14th century     Place of Origin: France or England     Medium: Iron or steel, copper and cord     Measurements: Length: 95.4 cm; width: 6 cm, at guard; weight: 1.36 kg; length (blade): 67.8 cm; balance point: 6.5 cm, forward of the guard block     Maker’s mark: inlaid in copper, 16.5cm from hilt

Sword Unknown Artist / Maker Dated: 2nd half of 14th century Place of Origin: France or England Medium: Iron or steel, copper and cord Measurements: Length: 95.4 cm; width: 6 cm, at guard; weight: 1.36 kg; length (blade): 67.8 cm; balance point: 6.5 cm, forward of the guard block Maker’s mark: inlaid in copper, 16.5cm from hilt

Indian dagger, Mughal empire, circa 1675-1700 (sheath fittings, circa 1800), white nephrite jade hilt and sheath fittings inlaid with foiled rubies, emeralds, and diamonds set in gold; steel blade; velvet covered wooden sheath overall: 16 7/8 x 3 x 1 in. (42.8625 x 7.62 x 2.54 cm) Sheath: 11 1/4 in. Dagger: 14 5/8 x 3 x 1 in. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

Indian dagger, Mughal empire, circa 1675-1700 (sheath fittings, circa 1800), white nephrite jade hilt and sheath fittings inlaid with foiled rubies, emeralds, and diamonds set in gold; steel blade; velvet covered wooden sheath overall: 16 7/8 x 3 x 1 in. (42.8625 x 7.62 x 2.54 cm) Sheath: 11 1/4 in. Dagger: 14 5/8 x 3 x 1 in. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

"Nandaka" (sword of Vishnu), perhaps 1600s Nayar (Nair) caste, Kerala, southern India

"Nandaka" (sword of Vishnu), perhaps 1600s Nayar (Nair) caste, Kerala, southern India

TWO ELEPHANT GAUNTLET SWORDS (PATAS)   INDIA, 18TH CENTURY   Of typical form, one with fine gold floral damascening and blade marked with pairs of moon crescents

TWO ELEPHANT GAUNTLET SWORDS (PATAS) INDIA, 18TH CENTURY Of typical form, one with fine gold floral damascening and blade marked with pairs of moon crescents

Am Italian Medieval sword with an Arabic inscription from the arsenal of "ALEXANDRIA", early 15th century dated 1453 A.D.

Am Italian Medieval sword with an Arabic inscription from the arsenal of "ALEXANDRIA", early 15th century dated 1453 A.D.

The firangi that sold at Sothebys had a fine scabbard included, signed by RAM DAKHS SANWAT, ALWAR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA. The sword they sold also had a straight, cut-and-thrust imported Portuguese blade with shallow grooves, discoidal pommel and curved top-spike. The sothebys sword was reputedly from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad, most probably received as a gift from the Hindu court of Alwar in Rajasthan, circa 1856.

The firangi that sold at Sothebys had a fine scabbard included, signed by RAM DAKHS SANWAT, ALWAR, RAJASTHAN, INDIA. The sword they sold also had a straight, cut-and-thrust imported Portuguese blade with shallow grooves, discoidal pommel and curved top-spike. The sothebys sword was reputedly from the collection of the Nizam of Hyderabad, most probably received as a gift from the Hindu court of Alwar in Rajasthan, circa 1856.

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