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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Shamshir (sabre), scabbard, bi-knife and sword belt


Creator: Shiraz (place of production)
Creation Date: 
circa 1794 - 1800
Materials and techniques: 
Blade, inlaid with Persian couplets and dedications, watered crucible steel, seed pearls, gold; hilt, ivory, gold, enamel, pearls; scabbard, wood, fish-skin; belt, canvas, gold thread; mounts, enamel, gold, emeralds, pearls
XQGCH 1991 207

George IV's remarkable assemblage of arms and equipment of European origin was rivalled by his impressive collection of weapons from further afield. His collection of Persian sword blades was described by Sir Gore Ouseley, British Ambassador to Persian as 'certainly the finest Collection of Ancient Persian Swords in the world'. This sword was presented to George IV by the Emir of Sind in 1822.

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Additional Creators: Indian (nationality)
Iranian (nationality)
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