Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

IX.2974

Provenance

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 urn-shaped pommel on a stand; octagonal sectioned quillon-block, with pointed langets, supporting a pair of rectangular quillons with bevelled edges. Black-painted wooden grip of oval section, tapering towards the ends, and with longitudinal incised lines, and a narrow brass ferrule at the end nearest the blade.


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


Losses, variations, damage etc: The urn-shaped pommel fits well but may not be original as the metal is of a different colour to the cross-guard and ferrule. All surfaces over-cleaned; langets bent, one only sligthly; nick in one edge of blade approx. 180 mm from tip; tip of blade blunted.

Inscriptions and Marks

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

Associations

Notes

For further information on this pattern of sword see entry for IX.2625, which is similar (but has an octagonal polygonal pommel) and retains traces of gilding to the hilt. IX.2975 is also of the same type (with polygonal pommel). Records for this sword and IX.2975 at the Scottish United Services Museum (borrower until 1991) identify it as a band sword of the 72nd Regiment, though no evidence for this identification has been found.