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Adams, George William (Maker)


The blade is straight and single-edged, in watered steel (Wootz), in the kirk nabardan (Muhammad’s ladder) pattern. It is fitted with a plain oval section steel hilt, the join hidden by gold koftgari decoration, a large panel of foliage at the forte of the blade, bands of floral scrolls down the back front and pommel of the hilt, and short arabesques extended into lutus buds at either side. At the end is a tiny gilt tang button. The scabbard is of wood covered in tawny red velvet, with two bands of silver thread tape round the throat and one down the back hiding the seam. At the end is a silver chape made in England to match.

Measurements and weight

Length: 336 mm
Weight: 272 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


19th century
1800 CE - 1849 CE


Early 19th century with English hilt by George William Adams dated 1879

Components of the work

Blade Length 227 mm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Silver marks GA in an oval, lion passant, leopard head, date letter D, female bust to left.
  • Type: Silver standard

Identification numbers

Primary reference Number: 162545
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 October 2012 Last processed: Friday 21 May 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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