Object Title

Sword (talwar)

Sword (talwar)



Object Number



Formerly in the Tower collection as XV.78, Transferred to the BM in 1914 and returned in 1954.

Physical Description

The heavy blade is singled edged for about two thirds of its length. Both sides are slightly hollow, the cutting edge being angled in about 5 mm from the edge. One face is punched with a mark. The Indo-muslim hilt is of iron heavily encrusted with silver so that the iron only appears in the lines forming the decoration. The latter consists of stylised six petalled flowers and foliage with what might be fish near the base of the grip. The outer quillon is provided with a knucklebow that terminates near the pommel in a downturned bud. The disc pommel is flat with a thick rim angled upwards. On to is a dome divided by ribs and a small knop.


Dimensions: The overall length of the sword is 879 mm, the blade being 754 mm long. Weight: The qweight of the sword is 1.1 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

The mark consists of a group of three dots, two adorsed cresents with dentated inner edges and groups of three small dots at either end and another group of three dots.


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