Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1800-1830

Object Number

IX.2249

Provenance

purchased September 1982

Physical Description

Hilt: silver hilt with traces of fire gilding of conventional form comprising vase shaped (Norman, type 92) pommel, knuckle guard with integral quillon, arms of the hilt (claws) and sleeve, shell guard and grip. The whole hilt, including the silver grip, is decorated with rows of facetted silver studs cast integrally on bands of gilt, matted ground alternating with gilt brightly polished flutes. The shell guards are very asymmetrical and the outer, larger one, inclined towards the blade and the inner, smaller, inclined towards the pommel. The quillon curves in a bold curl in the same plane as the guard.


Blade: hollow ground triangular section, etched in line near the hilt with some very scratching foliage scrolls.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 965 mm (38 in), blade length: 800 mm (31.5 in), blade width: 22 mm (0.875 in) Weight: 552 gm (1 lb 3.5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Knuckle guard: on the inner side are struck two marks:1. illegible2. Paris standard mark for silver used from 1809-19grip: on the end near the blade are four marks:3. female head and neck (front view) over4. a diamond shaped mark (possibly that of the maker)5. illegible6. Paris standard mark.arm: on the forward arm are two marks7. female head8. illegible.

Associations

Notes

The mark of a female head and neck is in 'Poincons d'Argent', Tardy, p 170, but its significance is unknown.