he arm guards of two elaborately embroidered cloth armours survive,
both with bubris forming strong,
geometric pattens. Embroidered bubris also decorate Tipu's padded
helmets, one set with sequins, another elegantly quilted, and both with
steel nasal guards with damascened decoration of bubris, and
inscriptions invoking the Prophet's aid.
It was the gift of a quilted armour from Marquis Wellesley which first
aroused the Prince Regent's interest in Tipu objects. The Prince(later
George IV) paid a substantial sum for a gun, said to have belonged to
Tipu, although the piece in fact came from Ceylon, and is not thought
to have had any direct link with Tipu. The
splendid quilted war coat was described by W.H.Pyne in 1819. 'The figure
which is seated on the horse is arranged in a war dress of crimson silk
damask, thickly wadded…the arms and hands are guarded with damascened
steel armour, beautifully embossed with gold rubies and other gems.
The helmet is also of wadded silk, with metal front. This suit of horse
armour and costume belonged to the late Tippoo Saib' The same figure
also appears in A C Pugin's early 19 century watercolour of 'The Carlton
House Armory' in the Royal Collection.