An important rare gem-set Sword with Tiger's head pommel from the Royal Regalia of Tipu Sultan Seringapatam, circa 1787-93(2) An important rare gem-set Sword with Tiger's head pommel from the Royal Regalia of Tipu Sultan Seringapatam, circa 1787-93(2) An important rare gem-set Sword with Tiger's head pommel from the Royal Regalia of Tipu Sultan Seringapatam, circa 1787-93(2)

One of the fiercest opponent of the British Empire in India was Tipu Sultan, known as the Tiger of Mysore because he adopted the animal as his mascot. The tiger's head pommel of this sword is identical to the tiger-head finials which were mounted on the corners of Tipu's throne. Because of its size, it was clearly not one of these finial s, but its close affinity suggests that it was part of the Sultan's royal regalia, possibly from a rod of office. It was almost certainly produced by the same craftsmen in the Royal Workshops alongside the other tiger finials and the huma bird which is now in the Royal Collection. At the same sale a three-pounder bronze carriage from the Gun Carriage Manufactory at Seringapatam sold for £1,426,500 helping to bring the total for the Tipu Sultan related items to over £6 milllion.

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