Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.1704

Provenance

Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned when on display in the Mortar Room (White Tower), 1977 (no further information in the typed inventory).

Physical Description

Hilt - probably British; Blade - German, Solingen.
General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge shape, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: some minor cut marks to hilt; some rusting to blade; some nicks to back edge of blade towards tip; extreme blade tip blunted. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 718 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade length: 570 mm (22 1/2 in.) Weight: 2 lb 1 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 3 over 30 (the latter in larger characters).On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 16 (small) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).

Associations

Notes

For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.