Presented by the local Dai nobility to a British customs officer in 1936.
Overall 81 cm
Blade 70 cm
T-spine: 10 mm at base, 6.5 mm middle, 3 mm near tip
Blade: 3 mm at base, 2 mm middle, 2 mm near tip
37mm at base
widest 38.5 mm
11.2 cm from center of crossguard
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A very good example of a sosun pattah, the name meaning "lily leaf". When these swords are good, they tend to be rather nicely made and this example is a case-in-point.
The recurved blade is of typical elegant form with a pronounced widening at the tip section. Th blade is fairly thin and light and stiffening comes from the T shaped cross-section like is the case on Ottoman yatağan and Afghan khyber swords.
It is made of fine, consistent wootz steel with good contrast and somewhat of a repetitive pattern with a series of bands perpendicular to the cutting edge. It is not quite the prized ladder pattern, but it is also not the typical random burl pattern you see in most wootz. The edge is burnished bright as was the northern fashion.
The hilt is made of blackened steel with gold koftgari of floral and geometric patterns, almost all of which remains intact.
The hilt shape with upturned rim, domed pommel cap and recurved knuckle bar with lotus bud finial all strongly remind of a group of sosun pattah that are attributed to Lahore, which is probably where this piece is from as well.
Near-excellent condition. Some very minor edge damage and minor losses to the gold here and there. All is tight. Blade in recent polish and etch to bring out the finer details in the steel.
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