Talwar, noun

Talwar

Talwar (or tulwar) is the Hindi word for sword. Specifically, it is a type of curved sword or saber from the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Afghanistan), one in which the sword's pommel (the hilt's terminal piece) is of disc form. Talwar was produced in many varieties, with different types of blades. Some blades were very unusual, from those with double-pointed tips (zulfikar) to those with massive blades (sometimes called tegha). The latter were often deemed to be executioner's swords, but there's not much evidence to support this.

The example shown here is an Indo-Persian talwar that was offered in Morphy Auctions' July 8-10, 2016 Fine Militaria Sale. Estimated to bring $1,000-$2,000, it ended up selling for $32,940 – over 30 times its low estimate. The handsome saber featured a 31 ¼ inch curved blade, Islamic writing, blue floral enameling and matching scabbard. Hand weapons overall did well. An elaborately decorated English Napoleonic-era officer's sword and scabbard fought its way to $24,400; and a Russian Hussar's shasqua, with religious and figural inscriptions, gaveled for $8,540.

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