Object Title

Sword (talwar) and scabbard

Sword (talwar) and scabbard



Object Number



Purchased from the Norton Hall collection No 242 and presented by the National Art Collections Fund in 1942.

Physical Description

The blade is a standard Persian shamshir, darkly coloured to show the wootz patterning. It is mounted with quillons and a pommel of silver decorated with blue, green, purple and yellow enamel. The ends of the quillons, and the pommel are modelled as animal's heads, possibly cows. These have then been coated with the enamel, mainly blue. The remainder of the quillon and other parts ofthe hilt are in champ levee enamel with flowers and diaper patterns. The scales of the hilt are of a brown stone that appears to contain fossil shells. The scabbard is of wood covered with gilded leather tooled with lines and scrolls in relief that have been picked out in black. It has two hangers and a long chape, all of silver with similar enamel decoration. The quillons and the chape are bound in position with braided threads.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 690 mm, the overall length of the sword being 827 mm and the length of the scabbard being 698 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.555 kg, the scabbard being 0.292 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Places India, Sind

Bibliographic References

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 34