Object Title

Wooden sword (singlestick)

Wooden sword (singlestick)



Object Number



Purchased from the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Physical Description

Composed of a straight stick of round section, fitted with a heavy, V-shaped guard and pommel of wood covered in tin foil and painted green with floral patterns in gold. The pommel is secured with a pin through the top of the stick, and the inside of the guard is lined with a leather pad lined with brown velvet. The blade section is a close fitting case of leather which widens towards the end, so that a slapping noise is made when a blow is struck. Much of the end of the leather cover is missing.


Dimensions: The length of the sword is 850 mm. Weight: The weight of the sword is 0.488 kg.

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Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1859, no. xv.251, p. 104.

Viscount Dillon, Illustrated guide to the Armouries, London, 1910, no. xv.276, p. 34.


Acquired in a group with another single-stick, XXVIS.22, and two shields, XXVIA.51-2. A similar weapon, but without the leather covering, is illustrated in 'Arts of India 1550 - 1900' published by the Victoria and Albert Museum, p.183, said to come from Lucknow c.1780.