Original British East India Company Officer Sword Circa 1830
Original Item: One Available. A very rare and unusual sword featuring a 32 1/2" slightly curved blade and 38" in overall length. Very nice gilt brass lion head guard and pommel incorporating a silver East India Company badge with rampant lion inlaid into the guard. Left side of guard has folding forward section to allow sword to be worn flat against left hip. Ray skin grip, somewhat worn but still secured by the original brass and copper braid wire. Also included is a steel field scabbard.
In 1857 the Sepoy troops of the East India Company mutinied and it took two years for the Europeans with the help of Nepal and some loyal Indian regiments to retake control of India. At that time the British Government took over the administration of the Indian subcontinent and the British East India Company essentially ceased to exist after 250 years of prominence.
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