Category: 18th century

18th Century Laundry — No Washing Machin…

18th Century Laundry — No Washing Machine, No Dryer, Hit it with a Stick

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Hanger, 18th Century

Hanger, 18th Century

This elegant ‘hanger’ probably dates from the mid-1700s and likely had a naval heritage—shorter swords like this being more effective weapons for fighting in the confined spaces of warships. Bone grips are also associated with service within the famous East India Company.

Two identical stamps can be found on the blade, one on either side, which I haven’t been able to identify. The three fullers suggest a German origin for the blade but overall the design is similar to some of the naval hangers made by the famous Birmingham sword-maker Samuel Harvey. The blade is still relatively sharp and ends in a nice clipped point, an uncommonly found feature. The stirrup-hilt has a more pleasing shape to it than most of its stablemates, being waisted across the crossguard.

victoriansword: Tulwar, Northern India, 18th …

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Tulwar, Northern India, 18th Century

With curved, slightly broadening and channelled blade, the hilt heavily overlaid in gold with floral motifs, Gurmukhi inscription on upper part of blade in the form of a stylised parasol. 81.5 cm long.

The inscription reads Akal Sahai, Maha Singh, Samvat 18...
Sardar Mahan Singh (1760-1790), the father of Ranjit Singh, was chieftain of one of the smaller Sikh misls or confederacies, the Sukarchakia. Mahan Singh’s father died when he was a child and the misl was ruled in his stead by regents until he was fourteen. The territory he controlled and his power grew by a series of military successes, in particular his occupation of Rasulnagar (renamed Ramnagar), after which many of the other misls transferred their allegiance to him. In 1787 Colonel James Browne estimated his standing army at fifteen thousand horse and five thousand infantry. Im 1774 he married Raj Kaur, the daughter of Raja Gajpat Singh of Jind, and in 1780 she gave birth to a son who was named Ranjit (‘Victor in War’), later to become Maharaja of the Punjab. Mahan Singh died of dysentery at the siege of Sodra in operations against the Bhangi misl.

Takouba, 19th Century Hilt with Older Blade N…

Takouba, 19th Century Hilt with Older Blade

North Africa, Wide, European, double-edged blade with round tip, of hexagonal section. First part with iron reinforcement, with a stamp. Brass, cross-quillon, engraved and pierced, iron pommel, shaped as Brazil nut, chiselled in the upper part. Leather-covered grip. Leather scabbard, decorated with geometrical imprints, brass mounts, decorated en suite with the quillon. Three suspension laces. Scarce. length 89.5 cm.

victoriansword: Indian Tegha, 18th Century Mas…

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Indian Tegha, 18th Century

Massive 36 inch sword with a 32.5 inch blade, 2.5 inch wide, silver koftgari tulwar hilt.

Takouba with 18th Century BladeNorth African S…

Takouba with 18th Century Blade

North African Sword, 18th Century, straight double edge 18th century broadsword blade cut with a pair of narrow fullers and etched at the forte on both sides with foliate motifs and a cartouche containing a sun and dove, one piece iron cruciform hilt with pierced rectangular-section quillons each with a ribbed end, oval pommel with flat base, top convex with central rib. Blade 89.5cms.

victoriansword: Indian Pahari Sword, 18th or …

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Indian Pahari Sword, 18th or 19th Century

With broad fullered double-edged blade swelling at the forte and decorated on both sides with gold- and silver-damascened foliage, steel hilt decorated en suite and comprising downcurved quillons with stylised makara-head terminals, pointed langets, and swelling grip with hollow cup-shaped pommel filled with jingles, and disc-shaped pommel with button finial on a mount with pierced star-shaped border. 74.4 cm.

18th Century Sailor’s Rations — Burgoo

18th Century Sailor’s Rations — Burgoo

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victoriansword: Indian Kard, 18th Century …

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Indian Kard, 18th Century

With finely watered single-edged blade, hilt comprising moulded iron basal mount pinched-in over the base of the blade and decorated with gold-damascened foliage, and rock-crystal grip carved with foliage and ram’s head pommel in the round. 25 cm blade.

18th Century Cooking — Lemon Minced Pie

18th Century Cooking — Lemon Minced Pie

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