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Sword: O.63-1879

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Forward angled, single edged steel blade of almost flat section, with small bud-like wings at the forte, where there is a slight ricasso. This and the back of the blade are edged with punched spiked crescents. The original wooden hilt is long and thin, with a long iron ferrule with three iron reinforcing bands, two cross hatched, the middle one triple moulded, and an originally dagged upper edge, secured by two iron rivets with copper alloy star washers. The remainder of the hilt is faceted, and cut away at the underside leaving the pommel section proud to form a grip


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: 31.8 cm
Blade Width Max: 7.6 cm
Overall Length: 55 cm
Weight: 530 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1800 CE - 1879 CE


Compare the ayudha katti from the Walhouse, Oldman and Stone collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art no. 36.25.1950, of exactly the same type (see documentation Elgood 2004). Also O.58-1879, O.61-1879.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 63
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.63-1879
Primary reference Number: 158373
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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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