Scottish Basket Hilt

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What type of sword is this?

I have a very old sword that has been passed down my family for generations. I know it is at least 100 years old, and I think it was Indian (from india...) made. It has script on the side...though i'm not sure what language. What i would like to know is what type of sword it is, where it came from, and its approximate value today.

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thanks for your help!
if the links above did not work...use this link and just scroll thru the album.

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if this link doesn't work, then i give up...
no, its not special....its not 2000 years old...

I just copied this answer from your other question to make sure you get...

I'm only a minor collector of historical swords (not that fantasy junk) and this looks like a very nice one

Now in my not so educated opinion I would say that its Indian origins are plausible--It resembles a simple 1822 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre ---this is a British Sword---but because India was a colonised by the British in the mid C19th it could have been made there---if not then used there (note the similarities of the hilt's design--i.e. the guard)

http://www.militaryheritage.com/swords2....

The scabbard looks leather---steel ones bacame popular in the C19th (thus the sword could date from British colonial period up until about 1900--plus the British adopted a new pattern of cavalry sword around this time)

I'm not sure what the script is but I can tell you a bit about the pattern--it is known as etching--the blade is covered in wax and a pattern is made through it---the blade is then either wiped or dipped in acid, working on the areas not covered--the wax is obviously removed (I have a similar pattern on my Scottish Basket-hilt)

As for the value, I'm not sure..but whatever you do, NEVER clean it--real collectors will pay far more for it in its current condition.

If I were to guess...upwards of $800 (most antique swords can go for 1 or 2 thousand---but I don't want to get your hopes up---have a look at some that are being sold on ebay and via other collectors)

hope this helps

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