Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1700-1740

Object Number

IX.935

Provenance

From the collection of Captain L. Beck Purchased at auction (Sotheby's), 9th June 1950 with IX.936.

Physical Description

Hilt: blued steel, comprising pommel, knuckle guard with integral lobate quillon and arms of the hilt, symmetrical oval shell guards and grip. All the steel elements of the hilt are heavily encrusted with with gold decoration in the form of flowers, trophies of arms, musical instruments and flags. The grip is of wood bound with silver wire.
Blade: etched with designs of swags, stars, strapwork and trophies of arms and is gilded at the forte.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 991 mm (39 in), length of blade: 818 mm (32.2 in) Weight: 537.7 g (1 lb 3 oz)

Associations

Places France

Bibliographic References

A.R.Dufty, European Swords and daggers in the Tower of London HMSO 1974, p. 27 and pl. 63d.

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, pp. 10 (col. illus., centre), 112 (col. illus., right).