An unusual C.1800's East India Company(?) Native Trooper's Sword. It is of Napoleonic European cavalry trooper's style and is fitted with an Indian-made blade. Hilt is ribbed brass and the blade is curved and double-edged towards the end. This sword is of a type that was commonly issued to native Indian troops in the service of a British or European military force serving in India during the early years of the 19th Century. The East India Company was a British trading company that had extensive interests in India and used a private army to promote its trade and ensure order in the areas it had commercial influence. It was dissolved after the Indian Mutiny of 1857. The relative crudeness and weight of the blade probably indicates that it is locally produced at a village forge. Hilt is in good condition and blade with wear. Blade length is 31 inches (34.5 inches overall). No scabbard.
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