The Prince and the Plunder

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Theodore’s sword and scabbard

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What: A hunting sword and scabbard, said to belong to the emperor, presented to Major-General Sinclair by Queen Victoria

Where: The Royal Armouries Collection, Armouries Dr, Leeds LS10 1LT

The database entry includes close-up photos, showing an engraving that reads: “The sword of King Theodore of Abyssinia Presented to Major-General Sinclair R.A.M.C. by Her Majesty Queen Victoria”.

Bibliographic References
F. Wilkinson, ‘A royal sword?’, Royal Armouriesd Yearbook, 4, 199, pp. 80-85, incl. fig. 2 (sword and scabbard, overall), figs 3, 4 & 5 (dets resp. of maker’s name, blade and inscription on scabbard locket).

Date: 1831-1870
Object Number: IX.1291

Transferred from Hove Museum 3 April 1956.

Other Ethiopian items in the collection that are not specifically labelled as coming from Magdala:

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