- Dated: circa 1800
- Place of Origin: Malabar Coast
- Measurements: overall length: 19 inches (490mm). Blade length: 13 inches(330mm)
Apparently this is a rare South Indian “Moplah” chopper or sword from the Malabar Coast, South India. It appears to be based on the traditional sword of the Moplah or Mappila people – an Islamic community originating from early Arab contact through trading in South India.
This example displays unusual and ornate construction to the hilt, with chased foliage decoration. There is a very unusual and rare marking on the blade - in silver - of a serrated disk ‘chakrum’ with a central star. Otherwise, the blade is similar in shape and characteristics of a typical Moplah blade and has a stamped eyelash marking along the spine, on both sides.
The ornate hilt is made of copper and has ebony and wooden grips, plus copper and brass inlay decoration into the grips and along the edges. Also, the sword has a domed and fluted pommel cap, with a large pommel tag.
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