Thursday 28 March 2019 2:03 AM UTC
LONDON March 28: A collection of rare artefacts from Tipu Sultan’s armoury, including one of his personal swords, discovered by a couple in their attic in the English county of Berkshire has been auctioned for around £107,000.
The lot highlight, a silver-mounted 20-bore flintlock gun and bayonet from the personal armoury of the last ruler of Mysore, proved hugely popular as it attracted 14 bids before going under the hammer for £60,000.
The other highlight, a gold-encrusted sword and suspension belt ensemble believed to be one of Tipu Sultan’s personal swords, attracted as many as 58 bids before being sold to the winning bidder for £18,500.
The two centrepieces formed part of a collection of eight items brought back by Major Thomas Hart of the East India Company after the Tiger of Mysore’s defeat at Srirangapatnam in 1799.
The items bore the trademark tiger and tiger stripes associated with the Tiger of Mysore as proof of their provenance.
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