Object Title

Sword (talwar)

Sword (talwar)



Object Number



Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection.

Physical Description

The blade is curved, single edged and flat sided with a narrow fuller on both sides. On ome side, in gold koftgari, is a parasol with its support springing from a box shaped object. Along the back edge is a delicate running vine design in gold koftgari on a dark background. The hilt is of the usual Indo-muslim pattern in plain iron with wide square ended langets, a knucklebow springing from the quillon to the disc pommel and an extra bar that is riveted to the hilt and morticed into the edge of the disc. At the top is a pierced hinged loop which retains its original red velvet wrist strap.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 827 mm, the overall length of the sword is 985 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 1.285 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

Parasol mark on blade.


Places India

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.336, p. 11.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.799, p. 26.

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 36