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Tim Anderson




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:33 pm    Post subject: Can you help me identify this sword?         Reply with quote

Good day,

I am in possession of an interesting sword I have not been able to identify...

It has a brass hilt, a lion's head pommel, writing (I believe it to be Arabic / other Persian) engraved on the blade.

I will attach pictures. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Tim



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Bennison N




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:39 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looks INDIAN to me...

I've seen these ones before.

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Sa'ar Nudel




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:41 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Judging only the hilt (from the photo) this is a contemporary turist market Indian saber.
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Tim Anderson




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:44 pm    Post subject: More pictures         Reply with quote

Here are some more pictures...I know many are hard to see.

I think the writing is definitely a form of arabic though...

Thanks

Tim



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Sa'ar Nudel




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 1:48 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

My identification stands. The script appears to be Sanskrit, not Arabic. I don't read it myself.
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Norman McCormick





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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 2:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi,
In total agreement with Sa'ar, this is without doubt a modern tourist piece from India. I collect antique Indian pieces so have seen a lot of these sabres and variants thereof in my travels. Sorry for the disappointing appraisal.
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Allan Senefelder
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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 2:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

These have been around in various gift catalogs since I was a kid, they made short and long versions as well as similar daggers and also more traditional disk tulwar hilts. I have a short sword with the horse head some place and the full size tulwar and both are secured with the brass nut. The horse heads came with a blue velvet scabbard and the tulwar hilts with a red velvet covered scabbard. Got 'em out of a catalog as a kid. Reproduction tourist stuff all the way.
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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 3:12 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It is Sanskrit. I'd need to see it all at once to tell you what it means. The punctuation marks in Sanskrit can change the whole meaning.
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Tim Anderson




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 5:13 pm    Post subject: Thanks         Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies...

Definitely surprising to me, though...I found it in Iraq.

Thanks again,

Tim
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Tim Anderson




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PostPosted: Mon 25 May, 2009 5:26 pm    Post subject: You guys were right         Reply with quote

Copy link below...great job...you guys know your stuff. I was just....um....testing you.

aka...Good thing I found it in the middle of nowhere Iraq and didn't buy it.

So does anyone want an awesome Indian replica sword?


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Hal Siegel
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PostPosted: Tue 26 May, 2009 2:02 pm    Post subject: Re: You guys were right         Reply with quote

Tim Anderson wrote:


aka...Good thing I found it in the middle of nowhere Iraq and didn't buy it.

So does anyone want an awesome Indian replica sword?



You can always give it to your favorite amateur belly-dancer, who will reverse the guard so it is upside down and then balance the sword on her head. Happy

I've seen hundreds of these swords used/misued thusly.

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