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Presented by the East India Company, 1851

Physical Description

The blade is double edged and of diamond section, with a flat tip with a small central point. It is offset slightly from a curved ricasso, which has a small fluke opposite a broad, flat fluke with a central point. The tang is flat and slightly curved, widening to a pointed pommel pierced with three holes. A crossguard of plain iron passes through the tang, and is fitted with two wooden collars retaining tufts of black hair.


Dimensions: overall length: 81.1cm (32.0in), blade length: 58.6cm (23.1in), quillon width 20.3cm (8.0in) Weight: The weight of the sword is 1.05 kg.

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Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.156, p. 100.

W. Egerton, an illustrated handbook of Indian arms, London, 1880, no. 199T, p. 90.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.375, p. 20.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 5


Another almost identical example is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, no. 36.25.1358. It differs only in having flaring lobes on the large fluke on the ricasso, and n not having a small fluke opposite. P. Rawson, The Indian sword, London, 1968, illustrates one as a Garo dao (p. 58), and refers to Elliot in Asiatic Researches vol. III, 1792, pp. 17-37. Further evidence that the sword is Garo comes from A. Playfair, The Garos, repr. New Delhi, 1975.