FASCINATING 17TH CENTURY TALWAR SHORT SWORD WITH ORIGINAL PATINA AND
INTACT BLADE AND HANDLE
This is a highly
unusual antique weapon that we have not been able to locate another like
it. It is an genuine and original Talwar sword from the 17th
century with an intriguing short blade compared to a typical longer and
slightly curved blade known to this weapon. This is NOT a cheap
tourist piece that was cut down in modern times nor is similar to more
prevalent, contemporary pieces. It is a crude and older version of
this famous type sword that was made with an original short blade.
The patina is original and the sword was only lightly cleaned in our lab
and sealed to prevent any deterioration to the metal. The blade
lacks refined finishing that is seen in later period examples and the
handle too, lacks evidence of the more modern manufactured techniques of
later period pieces. One has to ask "Could this have been a weapon
intended for a child or woman soldier?". It has a story to tell
whatever that story may be. It certainly is not similar to a
normal Talwar sword in blade length. Original patina on the tip
and lack of any modern grinding marks indicate this is not a modern
modification. An interesting and affordable antique weapon that is
complete and original. NO REPAIR OR
talwar (tulwar) or the curved sword is a weapon that has been in use in
India for almost 4000 years. The earliest mention of this weapon
is in the Mahabharata where it was used as a weapon of war. It was
also used in combat by kings as well as soldiers and was a weapon of
choice by the cavalry. The Indian sword in contrast to European
swords was lighter and had a curved shape like a crescent. The
broad sword of the Europeans was heavier and not so maneuverable.
In contrast the Indian sword was greatly maneuverable and lighter and
thus had a more lethal effect.
The advent of the Muslim conquest saw them adapt the sword for their use
as well, but their cavalry relied more on the bow and arrow rather than
the sword so the sword became a weapon of close combat by infantry.
The British who came to India were suitably impressed by the Tulwar.
They adapted it for their cavalry as the sabre. Thus the blade of
the British Pattern 1796 light cavalry saber is thought to be adapted
from the Indian tulwar. British horsemen moved forward with these
curved swords and used them with telling effect. The charge of the
light brigade of the British army in the Crimea war was with sabres.
It has been immortalized with the words of Tennyson’s poem ‘it was not
to reason why, but to do and die’
Most rulers of the sub continent either Hindu or Muslim patronized the
tulwar. It was a weapon used by both the infantry and the cavalry.
It was also much in demand by kings and generals for combat and duels
but with the emergence of firearms such as the musket, the tulwar slowly
went out of fashion. The tulwar will always occupy an important
place as a weapon of war and an important historical milestone in blade
weapon evolution and development.
VERSION IN SHORTENED FORM (FOR CHILD OR FEMALE SOLDIER?) - INTACT AND IN
PERFECT ORIGINAL CONDITION
17.5" in length
SOLD NE011 Actual
Item - One Only