18 C. Temple Sword from Tanjore, India - 7284
These rare swords with comes from south India, most probably from Tanjore, 18 C. or earlier. They are also known as Nayar Temple Sword. The steel blade is 26 inches long, double edged and peculiarly bent. The upper edge has three small holes used for hanging small jingle bells. The grip is steel, Cylindrical, with brass discs used as cross guard and pommel and long filed and decorated brass reinforcement strips to fasten the blade. There are also small holes in the pommel discs to hang small bells, which are now all missing. Total length 32 inches. Very good condition to age. Good patina on blade. Areas of shallow pitting on blade and grip. All jingle bells are missing. Very attractive price.