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Battle of Omdurman sword, 1898
 
   
Battle of Omdurman sword, 1898
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Brief Description: Sudanese sword with wooden scabbard bound with pieces of a Huntley & Palmers' biscuit tin with accompanying framed label describing the sword's provenance
Subject Date: 1898
 
Full Description: This sword and scabbard were found on the battlefield of Omdurman in the Sudan. The scabbard has metal bands cut from the bases of Huntley & Palmers biscuits tins so that the firm's name was prominently displayed. The battle was part of a British military campaign led by General Herbert Kitchener against Dervish rule in the Sudan because they threatened British strategic interests in the region. The battle took place on 2 September 1898 and the Khalifa Abdullah el Taash was defeated. Winston Churchill rode with the 21st Lancers at the battle.
 
Collection: Reading Museum Service
Place: Omdurman, Sudan
Dimensions: Height: 10.5cm, Length: 48.5cm, Width: 0.75cm
Subject: social history, war, General Kitchener, General Gordon, battle
Content Type: sword
Location: Reading Museum Service
Local Ref: REDMG : 1997.84.2
Unique ID: rm-rm-1997_84_2~1_529-i-00-000.tif
IPR: Reading Borough Council (Reading Museum Service)
 
 
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