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Talwar and Scabbard eighteenth century?

93.0 cm (length) | RCIN 67062

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  • Talwar; grip, knuckle guard, circular flat pommel with raised gilt scrolled decoration on a metal ground; knucklebow ends in tiger head; curved steel back-edged blade with gilt inscriptions; wooden scabbard covered in brown velvet with pierced silver chape decorated with flowers.

    The inscriptions on the blade include the lines, 'From the cloud of the sword of Jehan Geer, greatest of Kings, there distils in place of dew liquid fire in the day of Battle. From his sword torrents of fire rain...' On the reverse reads, 'There is no God but God and Mahomet is his Prophet. Jehan Geer, King of the sea and land, Champion of the faith, Lord of his age...' A full translation is included in the North Corridor Inventory of Windsor Castle.
    Provenance

    Presented to Queen Victoria by the widow of Major William Stephen Raikes Hodson (1821-1858). Hodson was an East India Company army officer at the time of the Indian Rebellion. On 22 September 1857 he captured and killed the King of Delhi, Bahadur Shah, and the three shahzadahs, or princes. This talwar belonged to the Mughal Emperor Jahangir (1569-1627).

    According to a note in the North Corridor Inventory of Windsor Castle, the sword was 'Surrendered to the late Major W.S.R. Hodson at the time of his capture of the King and Princes of Delhi, September 21st and 22nd 1857'

  • Measurements

    93.0 cm (length)

    80.0 cm (blade length)

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