Central Indian, last quarter of the 18th century. Shamshir form blade, 29 1/4" long, of wedge section, the back scalloped its entire length and the edge scalloped in two long segments flanking the percussion area. Blade shows gray patina, scattered light pitting and a few shallow nicks. Iron hilt of tulwar form with thick canted quillons, broadly swelled grip and deep rolled edge disk pommel. The surface entirely covered with a matrix of repeated bubri marks, formerly inlaid in gilt bronze, with about 20% remaining. The iron with rich dark stabilized patina. The bubri marks are the stylized tiger stripes emblematic to Tipu Sultan, The Tiger of Mysore, and were incorporated into the decoration of the things which served Tipu personally including his weapons. See Treasures from India, the Clive Collection at Powis Castle, figure 19 and figure 33. This sword was directly associated with Tipu and if not carried by him, than probably by his personal guard. It almost certainly was captured at the Battle of Seringapatam in 1799, where Tipu fell mortally wounded and his troops were defeated, ending French adventurism in India. Doubly important for its Napoleonic context. Provenance: Collection of Sir Frank Bowden at Thame Park, Oxfordshire England

Stock Number: 95-113

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