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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world


Talwar nineteenth century

RCIN 67211

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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The name of God appears in 22 places on the hilt of this sword, which is thought to have belonged to Tipu, Sultan of Mysore. Among the other inscriptions are the lines, ‘My conquering sword was as lightning to the hearts of the Infidels’ and ‘O God afford assistance to him who assists the Religion of Mahomed’. A tiger’s head appears below the crossguard.

It was presented to George III by Lord Adam Gordon, 14 May 1801.