18 C. Temple Sword from Tanjore, India - 7283

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 21 inches long, double edged and peculiarly bent. The upper edge has three small holes used for hanging small jingle bells. The grip is cylindrical steel tube covered with brass, with brass discs used as cross guard and pommel and long filed and decorated brass reinforcement strips to fasten the blade. Total length 27 inches. Very good condition to age. Good patina on blade. Areas of shallow pitting on blade and minor damage to the grips brass cover. Jingle bells are missing.