Object Title

Sword (firanghi)

Sword (firanghi)



Object Number



Purchased at auction, Thomas Del Mar, London, 24 June 2009 lot 18. From the armoury of Bikaner, Rajasthan, 1970-1990. Probably acquired in the Deccan during the Siege of Adoni campaign in 1689.

Physical Description

Straight sword with European rapier blade, formed entirely of steel, with slender double-edged blade cut with three short fullers and blunted at the base (tip chipped), the hilt formed with a pair of long panels extending over the lower portion of the blade, a pair of rounded spatulate horizontally recurved quillons, integral grip formed swelling towards the pommel and interrupted by a moulding at the base, and compressed spherical pommel chiselled with fluting and petal mouldings (polished, areas of light pitting)


Dimensions: 930 mm (36.5 in) blade

Inscriptions and Marks

No marks



Compare similar swords in the Junagarh Fort, Bikanir, and in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, no. 36.25.1582, published in R Elgood, Hindu arms and ritual, Delft, 2004: 88, figs 8.30-31. The armoury from Bikanir largely dates to the late 17th century, when a large quantity of arms, armour and other material was brought back from the Deccan, a Rajput contingent having fought alongside the Mughals at the capture of the town of Adoni in 1689. It remained there until about 1970-90, when parts of the armoury were sold off and found their was through the art market into European and American Collections. To the best of my (TR) knowledge this disposal was legal, and the Royal Armouries has previously acquired numerous pieces from this source, including nos XXVIA.258-9, 290-317, 332, XXVIH.36.