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Sword: O.84-1879

Object information


Unknown (Hilt maker)
Unknown (Blade maker)


The steel blade is straight and single edged for most of its length. It is quite flexible, and is from a European broadsword. At either side are fragments of European inscriptions. The iron hilt, of Indo-Muslim type, has short quillons with rounded terminals, short langets with stylised bud finials, a thin baluster grip, a thick, shallow dish pommel with a petalled washer, dome and pierced finial. A double curved knucklebow runs from the lower quillon to end in a small dragon head by the pommel. The entire hilt is covered with engraved flowers, and the gold outlines of these survive on the pommel. The blade is bright with numerous spots of staining and corrosion under the grease


History note: From Jounpore (Jaupur, Uttar Pradesh)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 77.8 cm
Overall Length: 90 cm
Weight: 865 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


17th Century
Circa 1600 - 1700


Robert Taylor list adds ‘the inscriptions have suffered much from rust and consequent cleaning, but the characters of one were not recognised by any who saw them’

Components of the work

Hilt composed of iron Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Fragments of probably European inscriptions, quite illegible, on the blade. Possibly those on the other side appear Arabic. The inscriptions have suffered much from rust and consequent cleaning

Inscription present: but not one of the original brown tags

  • Text: Taylor 84
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Text: 84
  • Method of creation: Printed
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.84-1879
Primary reference Number: 158399
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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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