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Sword: O.8-1879

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The steel blade is straight and double edged, flaring towards the point which is slightly cusped. A medial ridge runs the full length of the blade, and there are with wings at the base round which an iron loop is twisted. At the forte is a massive reinforcing bar, shaped like a sword blade, attached by four great rivets. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard, thin grip swelling to the centre, and a large, deep dish pommel through which the tang is riveted. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and deeply pitted from earlier corrosion. The edges are nicked in various places.


History note: From Ganjam. Probably from the Tanjore armoury, broken up in 1860 (see documentation: Elgood 2004)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 94.5 cm
Overall Length: 106 cm
Weight: 2330 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1600 CE

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.8-1879
Primary reference Number: 158312
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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