Object Title

Sword (firanghi)

Sword (firanghi)

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XXVIS.24

Provenance

Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection. Formerly exhibited at Crystal Palace, and originally taken at the siege of Seringapatam, 1799.

Physical Description

The blade is straight and double edged for the last 25 cm. It has a flat back, adjacent to which are two long, shallow fullers. It has been made flamboyant, on both edges, when mounted in India. The hilt is of Hindu basket type, with figure-8 shaped guard with double recessed border and a heavy medial reinforce extending to langets riveted to the blade. The knuckle bow is broad, carved with onion-shaped mouldings, and the dish-shaped pommel is surmounted by a dome and a long faceted spike, the end of which is broken off. The basket retains its original lining, of padded olive green velvet edged with red velvet and buttoned around the knuckle bow twice. The scabbard is of wood covered with dark tan leather, and quite plain.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 124.5 cm (49.0 in), blade length: 103.6 cm (40.8 in) Weight: 1.14 kg (2 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Places India
Europe

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.333, p. 10.

W. Egerton, An illustrated handbook of Indian arms, London, 1880, no. 579, fig. 24.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.796, p. 13.