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Detail from a map of India and the Middle East, showing the route of the Prince of Wales' tour

Albert Edward's tour aimed to strengthen ties between the two countries

Iran and Sindh (Indian)

Sword and scabbard c.1850-75

Steel, gold, mother of pearl, iron, rubies, emeralds, pearls. fabric and cord | 127.6 x 8.6 x 6.0 cm | RCIN 11283

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Arms and armour were traditionally exchanged between dignitaries at court and many of the swords, daggers and shields presented to the Prince display regional styles of ornamentation, or the decorative styles of other countries. This sword was presented by the Amir of Khairpur, a region in Sindh in modern-day Pakistan. The rulers of Khairpur employed Iranian craftsmen in their courtly workshops; the pastel colours and patterning used on the enamelled decoration of this sword are similar to that on enamelled objects from Iran.