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Toni R.




Location: Kuopio, Finland
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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2008 12:22 am    Post subject: Is this sabre worth anything?         Reply with quote

Hello.

I would like to get some opinions about this item, that is auctioned here in Finland.

http://www.huuto.net/fi/showitem.php3?itemid=73968351

Starting bid isn't too bad. I'm no expert with these kind of swords...so what I would like to know is, that if this sword is a tourist-piece-of-...., or an actual antique sword.

To me it looks like it might well be at least worth for that 50-60€ it seems to be sold at the moment.

Any information is welcome...thank you in advance.


-T
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Christopher Gregg




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2008 7:49 am    Post subject: sword         Reply with quote

Your sword is an Indian Tulwar. It may be an antique, but it may perhaps be no more than 40-50 years old. I have a 200 year old Tulwar and it looks much "older" than your pictured sword. I only paid $100 US for mine on eBay, and I could have gotten it for as low as $75. Hope this helps. Happy
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Norman McCormick





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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2008 1:21 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Toni,
This sword, in my opinion, is a very modern Indian made tourist type sword in the style of a Tulwar, inferior steel and poorly made, as far as value is concerned it depends on your point of view and is purely a personal matter.
Regards,
Norman.
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Jean Thibodeau




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Mar, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Norman McCormick wrote:
Hi Toni,
This sword, in my opinion, is a very modern Indian made tourist type sword in the style of a Tulwar, inferior steel and poorly made, as far as value is concerned it depends on your point of view and is purely a personal matter.
Regards,
Norman.


Ah, I had one exactly like it sometime around 1967 ( Best guess of when I bought it may be at EXPO 67 in Montréal at a souvenir shop set up at that international exposition).

Everything from style of hilt to stitching on the back of the velvet covering of the scabbard looked the same.

Definitely a " touristy " sword and may be the sort of thing Windlass or some similar company made in those days.

The steel seemed medium hard probably something around 40 R.C. to 45 R.C. ( Very much guessing here and from memory it was easy to sharpen with a file. Don't remember doing any flex testing though ! ).

The hilt was plated a silvery colour originally but was brass underneath.

The sword probably cost me between $15 to $25 dollars at the time ( With inflation the price in 2008 dollars this might be closer to $100 ??? ) I don't remember exactly what it cost but at that time my allowance was something like a dollar a day and when I was over $20 to $30 in savings I felt very rich and anything over $20 would have meant breaking the piggy bank. Wink Razz Laughing Out Loud ).

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