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First registered by Valuation Team when on loan to Scottish United Services Museum (their no. 1931-188), Edinburgh Castle (Loan L159), 23/03/1987.

Physical Description

Cross-hilted sword. Brass octagonal pommel; octagonal-sectioned quillon-block, with pointed langets, supporting a pair of recangular quillons with bevelled edges. Black-painted wooden grip of rectangular section, tapering towards the ends, and with longitudinal incised lines, and a narrow brass ferrule at either end.

Double-edged, leaf-shaped blade of lenticular section.

Losses, variations, damage etc: All surfaces over-cleaned; one langet slightly bent; tip of blade missing.


Dimensions: (from VTR/LO/159, p.3), overall length: 686 mm (27 in), cross-guard width: 111 mm (4 3/8 in), cross-guard thickness: 24 mm (15/16 in), blade length: 530 mm (20 7/8 in), blade width, minimum: 32 mm (1.25 in), blade width, maximum: 38 mm (1.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On one quillon, lightly scratched: '1931-188' (S.U.S.M. loan number).



For further information on this pattern of sword see entry for IX.2625, which is similar and retains remains of gilding to the hilt. IX.2974 is also of same type but has an urn-shaped pommel. Records for this sword and IX.2974 at the Scottish United Services Museum (borrower until 1991) identify it as a band sword of the 72nd Regiment, though no evidence of this identification has been found.