Northern Indian long pata (sword gauntlet)- floral motif

length: 50"
blade: 37 1/4"
blade width: 1 5/16" (measured above ricasso)
gauntlet: 12 1/2" long
gauntlet width: 3 3/4" (at forearm)
grip bar: 4 1/2"
weight: 2 lb 11.4 oz

A quite rare long bladed pata sword-guantlet fron Northern India, circa 1825-1850, purchased as one of a pair from Culloden House in the mid 90's. Unusual in that they are not often found with blades this long, and the gauntlet is large enough to accommodate European-sized hands and forearms (these two pata are the first examples of their kind that Therion has ever been able to fit into comfortably - imagine meeting a 6'4" 240 lb Texan arms dealer/martial artist wielding a pair of these in a dark alley!)

The gauntlet is solidly constructed, about 18 gauge steel, with engraved figures of a warrior or god on the cuff and a flower on the main bowl, an elephant on one side of the bowl and a tiger on the other side, with floral/vegetative decorations filling in the rest of the surface and continuing up on both sides of the 5" ricasso. The blade is long and quite flexible, sharpened for 30 1/4" on both sides. Striated patterning to the steel of the blade, but it would take some major removal of the patina to determine if it is a true wootz pattern blade. A very impressive weapon. Offered individually, or available as a pair.