Original Magnificent Jade Hilted & Gold Inlaid British EIC Officer’s Sword Believed to have Been Present at the Battle of Seringapatam in 1798
Original Item: One-of-a-Kind. We rarely get in items that are truly THIS magnificent! This is an East India Company Officer's Sword of the highest quality, made about 1790 with a JADE hilt, with two diamond chips for "eyes". It features a fantastic 30 inch long curved blade, made from "Wootz Steel", a form of laminated crucible steel, very similar to "Damascus Steel". We see this often on high end blades from the Middle East and South Asia. The swords guard is made of iron, and is SMOTHERED in GOLD inlay designs on ALL sides, even on the underside of the rain guards! There is also more gold inlay on the ricasso of the blade right down to the cross guard.
The wonderful leather covered wood scabbard is has iron fittings as well, which are also inlaid with motifs matching the sword. The overall length of Sword and matching scabbard is about 36" overall.
By Family Tradition this sword belonged to Lt. Colonel JAMES HARTLEY, born in 1745, who was appointed by King George III as Lt. Colonel of the E.I.C. 79th Regiment in 1781 when he was 36 years old. Later he was made QUARTERMASTER GENERAL of the BOMBAY ARMY and he was present at both MYSORE WARS of 1790 and 1798 opposing TIPU SULTAN OF MYSORE.
Lt. Colonel Hartley was at the battle of SERINGAPATAM but some months after that great British Victory he died of of fever in October 1798. He was just 53 years old.
A wonderful sword with a great back story as well as being a high art Sword of History. Ready to cherish and display!
Blade Length: 30 1/4"
Blade Style: Curved Single Edge with Fuller
Overall length: 35 1/4“
Guard: 5"W x 5"L
Scabbard Length: 30 1/4"
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