Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.3529

Provenance

Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned on return from loan to Junior Leaders Regiment, R.C.T., R.A.O.C., Colerne, Nr Chippenham, Wilts (Loan L204), c. Feb./ March 1989.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: tang end untidy; parallel scratches across blade and some corrosion staining, mostly on outside; one nick to cutting edge of blade; blade tip blunted.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade length: 567 mm (22 5/16 in.) Weight: 955 g (2 lb 1 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 22 (small size, damaged stamp, sometimes read as 32 - see Notes) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).

Associations

Notes

For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the crown over 22 mark (the small size of which is sometimes read as 32) and for the different sizes of this mark see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.