Object Title

Quiver and 28 arrows

Quiver and 28 arrows



Object Number



Presented by the East India Company, 1851

Physical Description

The quiver is covered in faded red velvet and decorated with gold and silver raised embroidered floral designs. There is a repeated pattern incorporating a central motif with four petals in silver at the centre of a lozenge border of leaves and flowers in gold.
It is suspended by two sets of four cords knotted together at the quiver. Each cord is covered with velvet and whipped at intervals with silver thread. The upper set of cords terminates in maroon tassels, the lower in green tassels. The cords are approximately 60 cm long.

The arrows all have a triangular section points. The back edges have an angled triangular cut out. The head is waisted and flares to a round shank. The tang is thin and tapered.
The decoration at the head is made up of panels of red, black and gold paint on an orange background. There is a central panel of red chevrons bordered at each end by alternating bands of narrow green bands and thin red and black lines.
The shaft is made of reed of cylindrical section and left its natural straw colour.
The decoration between the fletchings and the nock consists of panels of colour with a repeated floral motif applied in gold paint with black painted lines. Each panel is separated by a design consisting of narrow gold bands with black lines surrounding a single band of alternating gold and maroon squares. The first panel colour is dark green, then light green.
At the waist where the fletching begins the design changes to depict 3 petalled white flowers on a green stem repeated on a maroon background. Finally there is a narrow band of dark green with gold flowers
The flights are long, widening at the nock and of off-white or grey feather.
The nock is painted white with a red painted groove.


Dimensions: Length overall; 65.5 cm, Width; 20 cm, Height; 4.2 cm,, Average arrow length; 73 cm, Head length; 3 cm, Length overall; 8.5 cm, Tang; 5.5 cm, Length of flights; 11 cm, Flight width; 0.5 cm, Weight: The weight of the quiver containing 15 arrows is 0.71 kg, each arrow weighing 0.018 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no.xv 3, p.93

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no.xv 197, p.44

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 147

Thom Richardson, An introduction to Indian arms and armour, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2007: 9


7 arrows still located in gallery Arrows are to be suffixed B-CC. B-E have a slightly different head decoration. The decoration is the same but compressed. There is a short interval before there is another green band flanked by red and black lines.
G Head partially forced into the shaft.
I Head almost completely forced into the shaft.
S Head not quite home.
V Head not quite home.
AA Head separated. PVC tape on shaft labelled 'TOWER 1'.