Object Title

Sword (shamshir)

Sword (shamshir)



Object Number



Transferred from Bristol City Museum, 1966. Said to have been taken by F. J. Sully at the final siege of Lucknow, March 1858

Physical Description

With ivory-faced pistol grip bound and capped with silvered iron, decorated with flowers in gold koftgari. The quillons have button terminals and upper and lower langets at the centre, ad are also silvered and decorated in gold koftgari. The blade is of narrow wedge section, and is single edged with a pronounced curve. It has faint traces of watering. The scabbard is of wood covered in brown (calf?) leather has double band and rings of silver, and a silver chape.


Dimensions: length: overall 91.5 cm (36 in), Blade length: 77 cm (30.3 in)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Dated sanat 12[0]8 in a cartouche.