Category: indian

victoriansword: Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Sty…

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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.

Indian Daggers – Katar, Bichwa and Khanjar

Indian Daggers – Katar, Bichwa and Khanjar

victoriansword: An unusual presentation swo…

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An unusual presentation sword for Cornet J. H. Whiteway of the First Devon Light Horse Volunteers

The deeply curved 90 cm blade by Henry Wilkinson, Pall Mall, London, No. 10222 (for 1860) having double fullers, one extending to within 10 cm of the point, the other to within 3 cm, from which point the blade becomes back-edged, the blade is undecorated but for the maker’s details and the presentation inscription which fills an ornate central panel ‘This sword was presented to Cornet J.H. Whiteway of the First Devon Light Horse Volunteers in 1864 by his brother officers in token of their regard for his disinterested and generous assistance in raising and supporting their Corps’, the unusual hilt in the form of a flat brass stirrup guard deeply engraved with scrolls and strap-work, flat oval pommel with a similar decoration, grip of partly chequered polished hardwood shaped to fit the hand, complete with its wood scabbard covered in black leather with integral frog-stop, brass locket and massive brass chape both engraved en-suite with the hilt mounts, the engraved panels to the hilt and scabbard mounts silver-plated, blade retaining its original finish and the sword in good condition overall.

It is interesting that this sword was made in 1860, but the presentation dates to 1864. The sword is of a type used by British officers serving in Indian regiments. I believe that this sword was probably sold to an officer with some connection to India and that the sword was later re-purposed as a presentation sword. A stunning piece!

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.

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.

Indian Short Sword, 1819 Short Sword from Oud…

Indian Short Sword, 1819

Short Sword from Oude (Lucknow) Dated 1819, heavy silver blade of early nimcha form with swollen false edge, cut with 3 narrow fullers, engraved with foliage and the Oude royal arms, and gold inlaid with the Christian year 1819, back edge carved with leaves and engraved with chequering before the step, plain silver cross piece, one piece ivory grip.

Blade 55.5cm.

Indian Cavalry Trooper’s Sword, c.WWI An Angl…

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. 

Indian Khanjar Dagger, c.1900 Fine Indian Dag…

Indian Khanjar Dagger, c.1900

Fine Indian Dagger Khanjar c.1900, curved double edge ‘chevron’ blade made from alternate sections of watered and plain steel, slightly raised central rib and swollen point, bright gilt copper hilt engraved with flowering foliage, pommel cap unscrews to reveal a compartment for unguents/poison etc, in its purple velvet covered sheath with pierced foliate copper gilt mounts. Fine condition. Blade 23cms.

Indian Short Sword Early Indian Short Sword, …

Indian Short Sword

Early Indian Short Sword, broad double edge blade swollen at the tip and with shaped reinforcing brackets at forte, down-turned iron guard, tuned wooden grip, 2 pierced iron pommel discs containing a pair of twisted iron jingling rings. Blade 51cms, overall 63cms. Good condition.

“swollen at the tip”

Indian Scissors Katar Dagger, 19th CenturyThe …

Indian Scissors Katar Dagger, 19th Century

The two grip bars compress together to open up the two halves of the outer blade, revealing the third dagger blade contained inside. With silver damascene decoration all over, in floral and geometic patterns. Overall length 42cm.