Object Title

Sword (talwar), scabbard and belt

Sword (talwar), scabbard and belt

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIS.138

Provenance

Presented by the East India Company, 1851. From the Punjab.

Physical Description

The hilt is of steel with short quillons (tholies), the front one supporting a a knuckle guard (paraj), and a large saucer-shaped pommel (katori). The surface is decorated in gold koftgari with sprays of flowers and foliage and bands of chevron pattern in thick gold outlined in plain steel against a gold ground. The blade is single edged and curved, of watered steel, narrow at the hilt and widening slightly to the point. It has two narrow grooves (mang) close to the rounded spine, a short ricasso, and a bevelled edge. The scabbard is of wood covered with crimson velvet, with a chape and throat of gilt copper. The baldrick is of crimson silk webbing with greem borders and scrolling foliage decoration in gold thread, with a buckle of gilt copper.

Dimensions

Dimensions: length: 87.8 cm (34.5 in), blade length: 75.2 cm (29.6 in) Weight: 1.16 kg (2 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.31, p. 95.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.107, p. 9.

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, London, 1981, no. 106 p. 114.