Seven memorabilia including the serpentine sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad will return to India

London, 23 September (His). Seven memorabilia that arrived in England from India during slavery, including the serpentine sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, will soon be brought back to India. The Indian High Commissioner to England has tied up with the Glasgow Museum in Scotland in this regard. The famous sword was sold 117 years […]
 


Seven memorabilia including the serpentine sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad will return to India

London, 23 September (His). Seven memorabilia that arrived in England from India during slavery, including the serpentine sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad, will soon be brought back to India. The Indian High Commissioner to England has tied up with the Glasgow Museum in Scotland in this regard. The famous sword was sold 117 years ago to a British general.

Recently, the Indian High Commission in England has entered into an agreement with the Glasgow Life Museum in Glasgow, Scotland, under which seven items including the sword of the Nizam of Hyderabad kept in the museum will be returned to India. This agreement has been done as part of the initiative to bring back the priceless heritage of India after independence. According to Glasgow Life communications officer Jonathan Reilly, the sword was bought by General Sir Archibald Hunter in 1905 from Maharaja Kishan Prasad Bahadur. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Command from 1903 to 1907 and Maharaja Kishan Prasad Bahadur was the Prime Minister of Hyderabad at that time. Sir Hunter’s nephew Archibald Hunter Service donated the said sword to the Glasgow Museum in 1978.

According to museum documents, Mehboob Ali Khan, who was the Nizam of Hyderabad from 1896 to 1911, displayed the said sword in the royal court of Delhi in 1903. The sword was displayed in the royal court at the reception held to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. This special sword of the Nizam is in the shape of a snake. Beautiful gold carvings of elephant and tiger are carved in the middle of the sword.

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