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British Pattern 1821 Light Cavalry Officer’s Sword, the sword of Colonel A.G. Peyton of the 9th Bengal Lancers (Hodson’s Horse)

A superb Wilkinson cavalry officer’s sword, numbered and marked to Colonel Algernon George Peyton of the 9th Bengal Lancers (Hodson’s Horse), who had a long career, fought in the Sudan and became the Commander of Hodson’s Horse!

Colonel A G Peyton: Commissioned August 1880 2nd Lieut in the East Surrey Regiment, then moved to 9th Bengal Lancers in 1884 with his rank dated back to Jul 1881. Jul 1881 Lieut. Aug 1891 Capt. Aug 1900 Maj. Aug 1906 Lt Col. 1904-1911 Commander of Hodson’s Horse. Retired August 1912 as Colonel. Returned to the Army in WW1. Died 28 April 1938.

Colonel A. G. Peyton (then a Lieutenant) served in the Sudan campaign in 1885 and was present in the engagements at Hasheen and the Tofrek zereba (Medal with two Clasps, and Khedive’s Star). He served with the Chitral Relief Force under Sir Robert Low in 1895 with the 9th Bengal Lancers (Medal with Clasp).

The sword itself is in overall good condition considering the hard campaigning it has evidently been through. Everything is tight in the assembly, the blade is straight and service sharpened, the etching clear, with even patina overall. The grip is in good condition, with all the shagreen and some expected wear to the silver grip wire. Simply a wonderful sword that has actually seen combat in one of the most illustrious cavalry regiments of the British Army. The scabbard is missing and as can be seen from the photo below was almost certainly a wood and leather field service scabbard which has perished. This sword was formerly unidentified and came to me in a neglected condition; I have cleaned it carefully and minimally. Apart from being a great sword by itself, this has a top notch history with years of research potential. There are even first hand accounts from events where this sword was present.

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Indian Tulwar, 18th century

A koftgari hilted steel sword (tulwar)
India, 18th Century

The single-edged steel blade of curved form, slightly flaring before tapering to its point, with indistinct makers stamp to one side, the steel hilt pierced and profusely decorated in gold overlay with scrolling vines and floral motifs, the quillons in the form of flowerheads, the top of the pommel moulded and decorated with foliate and circle motifs, the wood scabbard clad in leather with steel mount to end decorated in gold overlay with scrolling vegetal interlace.

Gemsona weapon ideas

coming up with a gemsona weapon can be hard if you want to use something unique rather than the basic medieval weapons everyone knows about. so here are some interesting weapons i have found for anyone to use.

This is a Khanda, an Indian sword with a flat tip that can be used with either one hand or two hands.

This is a Mere, calling is a club would be misleading. it was used by Maori warriors and is made mostly from gemstone.

the Chinese Three barrel pole gun is one of the earliest guns to ever be made.

The Kanabo is a club used by samurai to crush things. 

The Bhuj is sometimes called “The Axe Knife” since it is just a knife on a short handle. it also holds a small blade hidden in the handle.

the Atlatl & Tlacochtli is basically a giant arrow connected to a short stick that lets you throw it farther and more accurately.

The Iwisa is a wooden club use by the Zulu warriors of southern/eastern Africa

The Burda is a Celtic club used to smash things, that’s all.

Emei Peircers are tiny spears attached to rings that allow it to spin around, often used with one on each hand.

the Roman scissor is really just turning your arm into an axe

the Wushu Whip Chain is like a whip but made of metal.

and lastly we have the Zhua, which is just a metal claw on the end of a huge stick. i cannot find any good pictures of this so this sketch will have to suffice.

Connie Maheswaran (REEDITED)

One of my flowers sent me a beautiful message and made a point! I did not know that in Skih it is important to hide the entire hair inside the Turban since hair is very important.

( Sorry for my terrible writing! I tried my best.)

I have been receiving allot of messages about Connie outfit, many of these questions are Westernizing the idea of my illustration. I’m not mad but I would be glad to explain since it has been put to my attention. First lets start off by explaining The Hola Mahalla festival. Hola Mahalla is a one day Sikh festival where many camp out and enjoy different displays of fighting that shows prowess and bravery. Not only is there fighting and camping, but there is also music as well as listening to Kirtan and reading poetry. Towards the ending of the event there is a long, military-style procession near the Takht Sri Keshgarh Sahib. Hola Mahalla is a day that many dress up in traditional skih uniforms and display Martial arts moves and express love for their country. Now that each of you understand the festival that inspired my illustration lets get to Connie clothing.

As you can see, Connie is wearing a traditional outfit that is worn in the Hola Mohalla festival. Her clothing closely resembles Nihang Singhs which are a group of members of the Khalsa army who are known for their distinctive blue traditional robes and dumala. Nihang are a armed Sikh order, in early history the Nihang dominated the Sikh Military. They are known for their bravery and ruthlessness. The Nihang are given GREAT RESPECT and Affection among the Sikh community world wide. The Nihang army by protecting their people and faith during war. The Attire and Arms are shown to have two swords (which explains why Connie herself has two swords) 

Connie shoes are war shoes that were constructed of iron at the toe, making their pointed shoes capable to inflict cut and stab wounds to enemies. 

Now! Nihang were particularly famous for their high turbans, their turbans were often pointed at the top and outfitted with a trishula ( the yellow tridents on her turbans). A Trishula was known to cut and stab the enemies in close-quarters. not only are there Trishula but most hand held weapons was fitted into the turbans to help fight in battle. 

(As an artist I don’t draw anything with out studying and research. to understand your character fully you must know where they came from.)

Listen everyone, I’m not here claiming that Connie Maheswaran is Punjab but to me she resembles someone who originated from India. I made this illustration to push forward Connie bravery and power as well as show you all a bit of culture and history. Connie will do anything to protect Steven, Connie called herself his knight which is what a Nihang is. I wanted to show you all a side of Connie you don’t ever see. Please be aware that most message I had received not only westernized her clothing but mocked it as well by making fun of her turban or her clothing. To be insensitive to other cultures is terrible. Ask me instead of telling me and making fun of it. India is proud of their cultures, practices and traditions please dont ruin it by being rude because you dont understand it. 


hope you all enjoy my little lesson and now that you understand maybe you can re-look at my illustration and see where I was aiming for. 

thank you.

Grand Duke Alexei received as a gift from chief Spotted Tail an Indian wigwam and a bow and arrows. The Grand Duke took them back to St. Petersburg. At present they are kept at the museum in Tver. In memory of his adventures in the America, the Grand Duke organized every year a special entertainment. The actors arrived to a village of tents in old carriages drawn by heavy horses. On the palaces lake there were “Indian” pirogues. Men with swords and tomahawks danced with women dressed in long old skirts. The performance was supposed to give the attendance an image of the American Old West.
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Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich poses for a photograph during his visit to the United States, 1871.

Indian Sword, 16th Century

This sword resembles a European rapier, but the style can actually be attested in Indian art as early as the 500s, where it figures as a typical weapon for rulers and nobles. Such early Hindu styles survived longest in southern India, far from the Islamic invasions that reshaped north Indian culture.

Double edged pointed blade with raised medial rib on both faces. Reinforced on both faces with elongated diamond-shaped plate riveted to central rib. Iron hilt. Wide, flaring crossguard, now bent in sections, grip swollen at mid-height. Pommel in shape of flattened Morion-cabasset helmet. Reinforced point.

Date & origin from Stone’s, per RRW; see 594 #4. See Rawson pl. 14-16 for other temple swords; see also 32 ff. and pl. 18-20. The term “Temple sword” is apparently inappropriate per Oliver Pinchot. See examples in Elgood 2004: 87 ff.; discussed 74. Cf. a similar example in Delmar Auction Cat. Dec 08 #31.

Sword (Shamshir) with Scabbard and Belt

The hilt of this saber is mounted in enameled silver in a style associated with the north Indian city of Lucknow, in the Mughal province of Oudh. The blade of crucible (“watered”) steel is exceptionally rare, as it includes the name of the maker, Baqir Mashhadi, an Iranian swordsmith active in India, his patron, Safdar Jang Bahadur, an Iranian who ruled as nawab (governor) of Oudh from 1739 to 1754, and the date of its manufacture.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number:36.25.1304a, b

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An impressive Indian firangi, featuring a massive 40 inch blade. The blade is either an imported European backsword blade, or made in the style of such a blade. One of the double fullers contains symbols and letters (Indian) and the blade is solid in the hilt. The blade itself is bright with minimal pitting and remains quite sharp. The hilt is nicely detailed and lightly pitted from age - it has the padded hand guard still in place, which is fairly unusual. The handle and pommel section are a little loose, though seem to be firmly attached - this slight movement is probably easily fixed, perhaps with some putty in the pommel stalk, where the full-length tang end is visible looking down the end. A desirable and impressive sword; it dwarfs most other antique swords, yet is surprisingly light and nimble.