Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



Presumably Tower Arsenal. First registered by Valuation Team when found unnumbered on loan to Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth (Loan L180), 20 March 1989 (Russell-Cotes no. 11)

Physical Description

Variations, losses, damage, etc: generally good cond., retains leather buff; lower split suspension ring slightly distorted.


Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 959 mm (37.75 in), blade length: 816 mm (32.6 in), blade width (by hilt): 42 mm (1.7 in), Scabbard: overall length: 8550 mm (33.7 in) Weight: Sword: 940 gm (2 lb 1 oz), Scabbard: 1070 gm (2 lb 5 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On sword:5On inside of blade, near hilt: crown over broad arrow.5On outside of blade, near hilt: broad arrow and 'BO'.5On spine of blade, by hilt: 'OSBORN & GUNBY'.On Scabbard:5On top suspension band: 'Osborn', in cursive script.



For this pattern generally and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.245, under Notes.