Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



Acquired before 1859, from the collection of Warren Hastings.

Physical Description

The blade is straight, single edged with an almost square end other than a rounding of the lower corner. The surface shows long striations showing that it has been forged from mixed metal. Below the grip is a hollow brass collar that fitts the scabbard. The wooden grip is waisted and covered with pieces of ray-skin, now also coated with a cream paint. The pommel cap is of iron, undecorated other than two grooves on the outer face and three square studs on top.

The scabbard is of wood covered in rawhide with a copper gilt strip running down each side and around the end where it swells and becomes a chape. Two narrow bands encircle the scabbard and edge strip, each having a small ring on the back for suspension. Trapped by these bands is a tapering panel of very fine pierced scrolling foliage in gilt. The throat mount appeasr to have been lost and its place taken by a band of red leather having a gold diaper pattern.


Dimensions: The length of the blade is 620 mm, the overall length of the sword is 755 mm and the length of the scabbard is 665 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.78 kg, the weight of the scabbard being 0.24 kg.

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Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.352, p.108.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.50, p.27.


Like XXVIS.72, this weapon seems to have lost the upper mount of the scabbard and a piece of ornate leather has been added as a substitute. The decorative panel on the scabbard of this example is of very fine work and is at odds with the rather crude blade and pommel of the sword. It may be that the panel is from onother object pressed into service.