Centuries-Old Sword and Gun Found in Attic Belonged to Famous Sultan and Could Fetch Millions

March 10, 2019 - General
Tipu Sultan’s battle-damaged flintlock musket found in an attic in England

Wrapped in a newspaper and forgotten in the corner of a dusty attic in a townhouse in the English county of Berkshire, a couple have discovered a hoard of highly-valuable gold-encrusted swords and guns from legendary pillaged armory of Tipu Sultan, the 18th century Muslim usuper who took on the might of the East India Company.

In 1799, the Duke of Wellington’s forces defeated Tipu Sultan at the Siege of Seringapatam, which was the final battle in the Fourth Anglo-Mysore War between the East India Company, a British joint-stock company that traded in the Indian Ocean region, and the Kingdom of Mysore, a kingdom in southern India founded in the 14th century.

The collection of unique and valuable artifacts discovered in the Berkshire attic was originally stolen from Tipu Sultan’s palace and brought back to England by Major Thomas Hart of the East India Company.

An article in The Daily Mail says that the artifacts “were passed down through his [Major Thomas Hart’s] family and now belong to a couple who have kept them wrapped in newspaper in the dusty attic of their semi-detached home in Berkshire for years.”

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