British Non-Regulation “Scinde Horse Pattern” Officer’s Sword
Which belonged to Lieutenant M. B. Salmon, West India Regiment, attached 30th Bombay Native Infantry (Jacob’s Rifles).
A rare ‘Jacob pattern’ sword, specially ordered to replace one lost or damaged during the Afghan campaign, of a pattern similar to the pattern 1857 Royal Engineers Officer’s sword, with 33-inch slightly-curved fullered blade by Henry Wilkinson, pall mall [Serial Number 22410 which indicates a date of manufacture in 1881], with a longitudinal groove as used on heavy cavalry swords (and more akin to that used, in brass, for Royal Engineer officers after 1857), etched with a family Crest, and Motto ans tache, the steel guard pierced with ‘Honeysuckle’ design, wire-bound fish skin grip and chequered pommel, in its massive wooden-lined brown leather scabbard with polished steel locket and chape.
Pahari Sword, Deccan, 18th Century
Here we have an interesting and rare variant of the indo-afghan Pahari sword. Also known as a Cobra sword. Cleaned 76cm tapering blade with a slightly swollen tip. Sharp edges and flexible. This example has an 18th century khanda hilt. Most examples are classified as 19th century and have an Afghan pulwar hilt with extensive koftgari decoration on both blade and hilt. The undecorated examples I came across are larger and often have a tulwar or khanda hilt.
British Pattern 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword with an Indian Blade, Early 19th Century
The heavy deeply curved 80 cm blade of Indian workmanship cut with shallow double grooves to each side, struck with a single small armourers mark and engraved with a short inscription in Islamic script, copper-gilt hilt, 1796 style knuckle-guard, rounded langets, finely cast and chased pommel in the form of a lions head, faceted back-strap, fish-skin covered grip bound with copper wire.
Indian Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, c.WWI
An Anglo-Indian officer’s sword for issue to Indian regiments, the blade stamped Mole Birmingham makers 1916 ISD and RR 11.17, with leather scabbard, blade length 80cm.
When The Indian ‘Tulwar’ Sword Is Not Curved
Indian tulwars (swords) are normally thought of as curved. But sometimes they aren’t!
Indian Decorated .442 Calibre Adams Patent Five-Shot Percussion Double-Action Revolver, c.1860
London Proof Marks, No. 39210. Of standard production specifications, the barrel, frame and action profusely decorated with panels of gold and silver koftgari flowers and foliage, the trigger-guard and butt-cap en suite, and fitted with chequered Indian hardwood grip. 15.0 cm; 6 in barrel.
An Indian sword, tulwar the heavy curved 81cm blade with multi-grooves, typical iron hilt with disc pommel and knuckle-bow decorated overall with intricate floral patterns in silver koftgari.
Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword for a British Officer in India
An unusual 1821 pattern Indian light cavalry sword, with silver koftghari decorated guard, the deeply curved 80 cm blade by Garden, single wide fuller, perhaps a trooper’s blade the back edge being struck ‘Garden’ but not numbered and completely undecorated, regulation three-bar guard the inside and outside decorated overall with a repeat floral pattern in fine silver koftghari inside the guard near the slot for the sword-knot can found a BUDH or ‘magic square’ plain domed pommel with elongated tang-button, plain eared back-strap, ribbed hardwood grip.
Garden, Army Accoutrement Makers & Sword-Cutlers. Between 1862 and 1877 the gunmaking side of the business was carried on under the name of Garden, Robert Spring, and the accoutrement side under that of Garden & Son, they were located at 200 Piccadilly, circa 1824-1891.