Category: india

Out 10 September in the USA. Based on the qual…

Out 10 September in the USA. Based on the quality of his past work, this is a must-read book for me. 

Marketing blurb:

From the bestselling author of Return of a King, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.

In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.

The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company’s reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.

The Anarchy tells one of history’s most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.

victoriansword: Indian Jade and Silver Hilt K…

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Indian Jade and Silver Hilt Khanjar, 17th or 18th Century

With slightly curved double-edged blade of finely watered wootz steel with a double-filler over each side forming a narrow medial ridge to the reinforced point, hilt comprising silver quillon-block with pointed langets and downcurved quillons each with stylised makara-head terminal, and faceted grip of light greyish green jade rising up to a beaked rounded pommel, in its wooden scabbard covered in fishskin (minor damage) with silver locket and chape embossed and chased with a repeated design of foliage. 17.2 cm blade.

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar with Complex Hil…

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Indian Tulwar with Complex Hilt, 18th or 19th Century

The single-edged watered steel blade of curved form, impressed mark near forte, the steel hilt with button quillons, open triangular outer-guard pierced with two gold-damascened ducks at the base and rising to a stylised duck’s head finial, curved tapering knuckle-guard with duck head finial, compressed spherical pommel with bud-shaped finial on a petalled mount, decorated in gold overlay with floral sprays and bands containing flower heads, undulating vines and chevron designs. 95 cm long.

Revolvers & Hunting Knives – Arnachellum…

Revolvers & Hunting Knives – Arnachellum & Sons of Salem

Looking at an antique Bowie knife made by Indian maker Arnachellum, and considering where these fit in their historical context.

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar, 19th Century  …

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Indian Tulwar, 19th Century 

The hilt is of steel with short quillons (tholies), the front one supporting a a knuckle guard (paraj), and a large saucer-shaped pommel (katori). The surface is decorated in gold koftgari with sprays of flowers and foliage and bands of chevron pattern in thick gold outlined in plain steel against a gold ground. The blade is single edged and curved, of watered steel, narrow at the hilt and widening slightly to the point. It has two narrow grooves (mang) close to the rounded spine, a short ricasso, and a bevelled edge. The scabbard is of wood covered with crimson velvet, with a chape and throat of gilt copper. The baldrick is of crimson silk webbing with greem borders and scrolling foliage decoration in gold thread, with a buckle of gilt copper.

Dimensions: length: 87.8 cm (34.5 in), blade length: 75.2 cm (29.6 in) Weight: 1.16 kg (2 lb 9 oz)

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victoriansword: Indian Mutiny and William Hod…

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Indian Mutiny and William Hodson Display at the National Army Museum in London

victoriansword: Indian Tulwar, 18th-19th Cent…

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Indian Tulwar, 18th-19th Century

An 18th or 19th century Indian tulwar sword with silver koftgari decoration to the hilt. Curved blade of good quality construction, 29 inches (74cm) long, with ‘eyelash’ engraving.

“Soldier of the Rajah Coming to the Sword Sh…

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“Soldier of the Rajah Coming to the Sword Sharpener of Ahmedabad” by Edwin Lord Weeks (1849 – 1903)

Indian Sword Blade Types

Indian Sword Blade Types:

A very useful guide from Matthew Forde of Forde Military Antques and antique_steel on Instagram.

victoriansword: Light dragoon pattern shako…

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Light dragoon pattern shako and plume worn by Cornet C Cazenove, 6th Madras Light Cavalry, 1851 ©.

The 6th Cavalry were originally raised in 1799. The British officers of the Madras Army’s Light Cavalry regiments wore a distinctive French grey uniform that had been adopted in 1818. Their shakos, tunics and overalls closely followed the British pattern.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1963-09-264-2

Copyright/Ownership

National Army Museum, London

Location

National Army Museum, Study collection

Object URL

http://www.nam.ac.uk/online-collection/detail.php?acc=1963-09-264-2