A Collection of Unique Antiques from across the Silk Route

15 Sep 2017


We have been commissioned to sell a sword that was gifted as a ‘Siropao’ (see blog from 15 Aug 2017) to the ancestors of the owner by Maharaja Ranjit Singh of Punjab. Maharaja Ranjit Singh was the first warrior King of the Sikh Empire (1780-1839) who was proclaimed as the Maharaja of Punjab at Age 21. The sword bears an inscription ‘Akal Sahai Maharaja Ranjit Singh’ along with the date of late 1700 or early 1800 according to the Vikram Samvat calendar which is 57 years ahead of the Christian calendar. It is inlaid in “Gurumukhi” script on the hilt.

Length 37″ over the curve
35 1/2″ from end of hilt to toe of the blade
Hilt is 6 1/2″
The weight is around 1 1/2 KG
The hilt is intricately decorated in gold leaf and so is the bottom of the sheath
The blade is made of Damascus steel
The sword sheath is covered in red fabric

We have provenance from the owner as to its authenticity and would love to hear from genuine interested parties who wish to acquire this piece of Punjab history.

15 Aug 2017


Siropao literally means “a dress from sir (head) to pao (feet). It is a special honour given to someone for his/her contribution in some field or other cause. During the Moghul period a Siropao was usually given to those who had shown exemplary bravery in some battle or had contributed to the State or the ruler in any manner.

The tradition of Siropao in Sikhism is very old. The first clear reference to Siropao, however, dates to Guru Gobind Singh Sahib, who at the time of judging the credentials of the Masands, presented Siropao to those who were honest missionaries. In Sikhism, only those persons have a right to ‘Siropao’ who have made some contribution to the Sikh nation, i.e. sacrificing life (in that case it will be presented to some kin of the martyr), participation in national struggle, performing Sewa (selfless service) or for making some remarkable contribution in some sphere: missionary, literary, organisational, social, scientific, academic, economic etc.

10 April 2017

The collection of antiques and artefacts has been an inspirational journey so far and we would now love to share this with you. Experience our beautiful collection both from India and across Asia. You will be taken on a journey of discovery from yesteryear and will be tempted to acquire a piece or two for your home or office that you can be proud to have as part of your history too.

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