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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

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Sabre c.1790

RCIN 67216

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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Collectors in England were so eager to acquire relics associated with Tipu that numerous swords and guns said to have been his quickly appeared on the market. Today, more swords survive in British country-house collections than can possibly have been found by the side of his body when he died in 1799. This sword, which bears an early nineteenth-century manuscript label inscribed ‘Favourite sword of Tipoo’, has a greater claim than most. The numerous inscriptions on the blade show beyond doubt that it was a fighting sword that belonged to Tipu. The hilt is covered with the tiger-stripe emblem and two of the five tiger head terminals have jewelled eyes.

It was presented to George III by Sir John Cradock, May 1811.