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Sword: O.19-1879

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Maker: Unknown




The steel blade is straight and double edged, narrowing slightly towards the point. The hilt, of old Hindu basket form, comprises a figure-8 guard with cusps at the waist, angled across the centre, with cusped wings and heavy reinforces the full width of the blade and secured by a single rivets in flower-bud terminals. The guard is extended into a wide knucklebow decorated with four grooves at either side. The thin grip is curved and swells to the centre, and there is a broad, shallow dish pommel inside which is a broad low dome with a long spike finial, decorated with mouldings at the base, enabling the sword to be used with two hands. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and pitted from earlier corrosion, with some nasty staining from more recent corrosion in patches


History note: 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: 89.5 cm
Overall Length: 109.5 cm
Weight: 1085 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


A very typical sword with a very long blade.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 19 nineteen
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Text: 19
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.19-1879
Primary reference Number: 158325
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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