Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.1700

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 section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: tang end a little untidy; a few cut marks on quillons; extensive rust patches on blade; one nick to blade edge. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 714 (28 1/8 in.), Blade length: 568 mm (22 3/8 in.) Weight: 2 lb 0 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 22 (small - damaged stamp sometimes read as 32 - see Notes) (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 crown over 22 mark (the smaller size of which is sometimes read as 32) and for the different sizes of this mark see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.