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Sword and scabbard

Steel, wood, white metal | RCIN 61853

  • A long handled sword; wooden handle encased in white metal with herringbone bands at top, scrolling foliate pattern grip, cone-shaped pommel. Steel blade slightly curved with faded incised line decoration; wood scabbard encased and with painted black lozenge.

    Taken at the Battle of Ghazni during the Anglo-Afghan War, 23 July 1839, by the British-Indian forces ('the Army of Indus') under Sir John Keane.
    The North Corridor Inventory of Windsor Castle records: 'Belonged to the Amir of Afghanistan [Dost Mohammed Khan, 1793-1863]. Delivered up to Sir John Keane when he took the historic city of Ghazni on 23 July 1839, for which Sir John was made a peer (peerage now ceased as no male issue). From Mrs Benyon of Ashe, Windsor, June 1932.'

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    Steel, wood, white metal

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