- Dated: 17th - 18th century
- Place of Origin: India
- Measurements: Overall length: 36.25in (920mm); blade length: 31in (790mm)
This is an extremely rare rapier sword from the Malabar coast, South India. There is a similar sword which is kept at The National Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland – bought to the Paris Exhibition of 1855 by the East Indian Company. The sword is illustrated on the rear sleeve of Hindu Arms & Ritual by Robert Elgood.
The hilt is bronze of symmetrical design, flared langets, and chunky quillions. It features a swollen central grip with a small area of chasing underneath the dish pommel which is also intricately chased. It has a bowl shaped pommel cup with further chasing around the pommel finial.
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