Iron hilt of distinctive form with floral terminal quillons and swelled grip. See Pant, Vol II fig. 303. Fine form 32” blade, broad fullered with narrow back fuller and slightly raised false edge. Gray surface, textured from oxidation but showing distinct active lamination indicative of watered steel construction. The hilt oxidation textured as well but retaining its crisp detail. Dating to the period of the rise of the Mysore Kingdom, its alliance with the French and ultimate defeat by the British at Seringapatam, and the Death of Tipu Sultan. Ex: Sir Frank Bowden Collection, Thame Park, Oxfordshire, England.