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Shield (dhal)

Shield (dhal)



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Transferred from St. James's Palace, 1954. From the collection of Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh and of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1844-1900), second son of Queen Victoria. Possibly acquired during the Prince's visit to India in 1869-70.

Physical Description

The shield is made of steel, is circular and slightly convex with an applied border of semicircular section and an inner applied, fretted and damascened foliate border. There are four gilt lotus-form bosses through which the rings for the grip straps are riveted. The decoration, in fine koftgari, consists of an outer border of scroll foliage and flowers and a four scalloped cartouche containing sprays of flowers and a central circular ornament. The lining of crimson velvet with remains of a square leather cushion and hand straps still exists.


Dimensions: diameter 36.7 cm (14.5 in) Weight: 1.64 kg (3 lb 10 oz)

Bibliographic References

A.V.B. Norman and G.M. Wilson, Treasures form the Tower of London, [Norwich], 1982, no. 105, p. 114.


RC3: Royal association to be noted on loan papers to the Royal Armouries Board of Trustees.