Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1750-1800

Object Number

IX.1383

Provenance

Ex Williams Collection 1974; ex J. Wilkinson Latham Collection; Illustrated in Cassell's Magazine, December 1987.

Physical Description

Hilt: of gilt copper (shakudo), decorated in the so-called 'Tonkinese' manner, and probably made at the Dutch factory at Deshima for the European market. It comprises a spherical pommel, knuckle guard with integral quillon and arms of the hilt, two-lobed shell guards and a wire bound wooden grip. It is decorated overall with birds and foliage.


Blade: of flamboyant form with foliate motifs inlaid in copper at the forte.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 960 mm, blade length: 795 mm Weight: 1 lb

Associations

Places Japan
Europe

Notes

For shakudo hilts generally and the probable role of the the Dutch East India Company in their export to Europe, see entry for IX.919.
Other shakudo hilts in the Royal Armouries are: IX.919 and IX.2637 (small-swords); and IX.1353 (a hanger).
A.V.B. Norman notes that in contemporary references the blade form is referred to as 'flaming'. (MS note in IBE, 25/10/89)