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Sher Afzal’s Sword is a remarkable late 19th century sword with a rich history and exceptional craftsmanship. This sword belonged to Sher Afzal and retains its original vellum tag which reads “Presented to The Earl Of Elgin, Viceroy and Governor General by Major General Sir Robert Low, K O B, In command of the Chitral Relief Force | May 1895”. This tag gives us a glimpse into the sword’s past and the significant role it played in history.

The steel hilt and chape scabbard of the sword are exquisitely detailed with fine chased work. The skill of the craftsmen who created this piece is evident in the intricate detailing and the exceptional quality of the work. The use of steel in the hilt and chape scabbard is noteworthy as it is much harder than brass or gold, making the work even more impressive.

The sword was presented to The Earl Of Elgin, Viceroy and Governor General of India, by Major General Sir Robert Low, K O B, who was in command of the Chitral Relief Force in May 1895. The Earl of Elgin was a prominent British politician and diplomat who served as the Viceroy and Governor-General of India from 1894 to 1899. He played a significant role in shaping British policy in India during his tenure and was involved in several important events, including the Chitral Relief Expedition.

Major General Sir Robert Low, K O B, was a British Army officer who served in various campaigns during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was in command of the Chitral Relief Force during the expedition to relieve the besieged garrison at Chitral Fort in 1895. The successful relief of the fort was a significant achievement for the British Army and helped to solidify British control over the region.

The sword that belonged to Sher Afzal and was presented to The Earl of Elgin by Major General Sir Robert Low is a tangible reminder of the complex history between Britain and India during the late 19th century. Its exceptional craftsmanship and intricate design are a testament to the skill of the artisans who created it, and its historical significance makes it a valuable piece for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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Sher Afzal’s Sword

Stock Number: 55233

A fine late 19th century sword belonging to Sher Afzal, retaining its original vellum tag which reads Presented to The Earl Of Elgin, Viceroy and Governor General by Major General Sir Robert Low, K O B, In command of the Chitral Relief Force | May 1895.
Approximate Dimensions
  • Length in Scabbard: 96 cm (37.8 inches)
  • Length: 88 cm (34.6 inches)

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Approximate Dimensions

  • Length in Scabbard: 96 cm (37.8 inches)
  • Length: 88 cm (34.6 inches)

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