It seems fitting on this, Armistice Day 11th November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, to honour a fallen soldier.
This sword recently came into my possession and even without the provenance would have attracted my attention, as fitting exactly into the kind of swords I specialise in: non-regulation, or rather special order, officers’ fighting swords. It was made in 1897 by Wilkinson for an officer of the 4th Gurkha Rifles who served in war and peace for over two decades, ultimately giving his life.
Pith helmets for the men serving in India by caro-jon-son
Trying to think of something pithy to say…
Bengal Irregular Cavalry Uniform, 19th Century
With Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword.
British Pattern 1845 Infantry Officer’s Sword and an Indian Axe, 19th Century
The first with 81.5 cm blade etched with scrolls, regimental badge of the 1st Madras (European) Regiment, (late 102nd Royal Madras Fusiliers/1st Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers) and battle honours to Ava, regulation brass gothic hilt, ribbed wood grip [missing shagreen and wire wrap], the second with large head engraved with foliage and standing figures in brass, 13 cm spike, 86 cm overall.
A South Indian Chilanum/Khanjarli
17th/18th centuryThe 12 inch recurved blade of wootz steel with multiple fullers and point of diamond section, the base chiseled with central palmette, the sides with pierced scrollwork. Hilt with faceted V-shaped guard and short grip with central knopf and large two-piece elephant ivory lunette pommel.
A Mughal Pesh Kabz Dagger with Wootz Blade, 18th Century
The fine watered-steel ’T’ section blade with single edge and flattened spine, the steel hilt decorated with a central quatrefoil motif and two half quatrefoils all conjoined by a central ridge, the two edges of the grip with engraved and gilded undulating foliate vines, the upper vine terminating in a palmette at the spine of the blade, the wood scabbard clad in blue velvet with gilt copper fitting to each end. 44 cm long.
by Pragmalji II Rao, Maharao of Cutch
A sword with a curved blade, and a solid gold enamelled hilt inlaid with diamonds arranged in a floral design. The pommel and ends of the cross-guard cast to resemble cheetah or leopard heads. The wooden scabbard encased in gold, worked in repousse and chased with designs of birds and flowers.
The enamelled hilt suggests that the sword was made in Bikaner or Jaipur, Rajasthan, two renowned centres in India for enamelling in red, blue and green. The blade also has a stamped mark usually associated with the Bikaner armoury. The scabbard was perhaps made by goldsmiths in Cutch, who produced vessels out of precious metals with similar ornamentation.
Presented to King Edward VII, when Prince of Wales, during his tour of India in 1875-76 by Pragmalji II Rao, Maharao of Cutch.