Object Title

Cross-guard

Cross-guard

Date

1900-1930

Object Number

IX.1303 C

Provenance

Originally registered at the Imperial War Museum, red reg. no. 13715 ('cross guard, sealed pattern?') having been acquired from the Wilkinson Sword Co.

Physical Description

Flat, nickel-plated steel cross-guard, of elongated diamond shape and centrally pierced by a rectangular hole. The finials, which are set flat on the ends, are disc-shaped with circumpherential grooves around their edges.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 146 mm (1.25 in), width (max.): 32 mm (1.25 in), thickness: 4.84 mm (0.19 in) Weight: 1055 gm (3.8 oz)

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

B. Robson, Swords of the British Army..., 1st edn, London, 1975, p. 130, Pl. 144 (bottom) - photo printed in reverse.

Notes

For the use and introduction of these cross-guards generally, see entry for IX.1303 A, under Notes.
This pattern of cross-hilt was associated with the Royal Scots after 1881 when the regiment adopted elements of Highland dress (B. Robson, 'Swords of the British Army...', 1st edn, London, 1975, p. 131, fig. 6c). It was earlier used by the 1st Dunbartonshire Rifle Volunteers, and there is an example in the Scottis United Services Museum, reg. no. 1985.97 (see B. Robson, 'Swords of the British Army...', rev'd edn, 1996, p. 185, Pl. 177).
The red Imperial War Museum registration number has been cleaned off. Its shadow is still visible though the figure 5 is not now certianly legible.