Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1801-1830

Object Number

XXVIS.72

Provenance

Acquired before 1859, from the collection of Warren Hastings. From Darjeeling.

Physical Description

The blade is straight, single-edged and parallel sided with an angled point. Although the surface is scratched, it is still possible to see striations and whorls at regular intervals along the length. The blade joins the hilt with a brass collar to fit the mouth of the scabbard, above which is a waisted wooden hilt covered with rayskin. At the top is a beaded band of silver surmounted by a pommel cap of copper gilt, elaborately pierced on the front with swirling foliage, on the back by a double hexagon diaper and on top by a Buddhist wheel surrounded and interlaced with foliage.


The scabbard, of flattened triangular section with a ridge running down the front face, is of wood covered with parchment or hide. There is an iron band running around both sides and the end where it is expanded to form a chape. The edges and back ofthis band have gold and silver overlay of curving lines that might represent running water. On the face, the chape has similar overlay that might be flowers. There is no method for suspension and there is no throat mount, its place being taken by a strip of stamped and gilded European leather, probably added relatively recently.

Dimensions

Dimensions: The length of the blade is 558 mm, the overall length of sword being 712 mm. The length of the scabbard is 598 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.66 kg, the weight of scabbard being 0.318 kg.

Inscriptions and Marks

None.

Associations

Bibliographic References

John Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.353, p.108.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.51, p.27.

Notes

The leather at the throat of the scabbard appears to be from a European book mark.