A Rare Short Sword from the Kingdom of Sikkim - 14662

These type of swords from Sikkim are characterized by the good, heavy, single edge blade and the open side scabbard. The blade is heavy, 20 inches long with shallow fullers along its entire length. The grip is wood bound with silver wires. The wood scabbard is open and the sword is held in position by two silver bands set with tourquise stones and decorated with very fine filigree work. A similar fine silver plate decorated with stones and filigree work is mounted on the scabbard tip. Total length 29 inches. Very good condition. The exposed side of the blade has naturally slightly more patina than the covered side, and has lost its polish save two areas below the silver bands, which means that the sword was left in the scabbard for a considerable time. Very good condition. Age crack on the handle. A fine rare 19C. item not so commonly found on the market.