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Indian Tegha Executioner Sword with Museum Provenance, 18th C
From the collection of Fernand Meyssonnier and once featured in the Museum of Justice and Punishment in Fontaine de Vaucluse near Avignon, France. Very broad (4 1/4" ) deeply curved 28" damascus blade, deeply engraved with elephants, tigers, and human figures with brass koftgari work and raised inlaid brass elephant heads and floral decoration; the tip with brass and copper inlaid floral pattern. Blade with 3/4" wide spine over 3/4 of its length, engraved with characters. Hilt of tulwar form with engraved floral pattern inlaid with copper; large disc pommel, pommel cap, and button. The tegha was used by Muslims, Marathas, and Rajputs and is believed to have been used for beheadings. The extremely wide blade is still very sharp, its weight and balance being unsuited for battle, but effective for execution.
Fernand Meyssonnier (1931-2008) was an executioner in French Algeria from 1947 to 1961 and executed over 200 convicted criminals by guillotine. He is the author of the book "An Executioner’s Tale" (French Text). His family has been linked to the executioner’s trade since the 16th Century. This exact sword is prominently featured on the internet when a search is conducted on Meyssonnier.
T1373m $1995 ON HOLD
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