Object Title

Sword (talwar)

Sword (talwar)



Object Number



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: 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.


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).


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.