The Prince and the Plunder

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A pistol, given to Tewodros by Victoria

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A pistol, given to Tewodros by Queen Victoria

Where: The Royal Collection, Britain

The catalogue entry, which has a picture, reads: “Percussion Revolver; octagonal blued steel barrel and body engraved with foliate scrolling; walnut grip carved with chequering; blued steel pommel cap engraved with foliate scrolls; oval escutcheon inlaid in silver and engraved with presentation inscription.”


Royal Collection catalogue entry –

“Sent to King Tewodros II of Abyssinia (1818-1868) by Queen Victoria, ‘in acknowledgement of the kindness shown by him to her servant Plowden’.”

[Note: Several accounts said Tewodros shot himself with a pistol that had been given to him by Queen Victoria.]

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