Object Title

Sword (talwar)

Sword (talwar)

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

XXVIS.115

Provenance

Purchased Christies, 9 April 1863. From the Codrington collection.

Physical Description

The blade is broad, heavy, almost straight and single edged. Stamped near the top is a makers mark of bubri shape and below this is an engraved cartouche containing Arabic script. The blade is fitted with an Indo - Muslim hilt with a knuclebow and langets of massive proportions that are square ended and thick enough to touch the blade on either side. Unlike most Indian swords, this has rivets passing through the hilt and blade.

Dimensions

Dimensions: length: overall 101.5 cm (39.9 in), Blade length: 88 cm (34.6 in) Weight: 1.325 kg (2 lb 14.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Incised cartouche on blade with a tiger stripe (bubri) stamp above with two smaller (bubri) near the quillons.

Associations

Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, addendum to the Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1865, no. Ad.338, p. 11.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.801 (not in catalogue).

Notes

Said by Codrington to be a 'sultanee, invention of Tipu Sultan, and made at Seringapatam'. The very heavy straight blade reinforced by the langets and riveted hilt suggest that the function of these swords was their use by heavy cavalry.