Object Title

Sabre Gauge

Sabre Gauge

Date

1933

Object Number

IX.3223

Provenance

Part of the Seymour Collection, acquired April 1987. At least some of the items apparently acquired from Wilkinson's (sword manufacturers). For further details see file and Inv. sheet before IX.3154.

Physical Description

The gauge consists of two parts. (i) A rectangular steel plate, with rounded corners; a V-notch in each of the long sides, towards one end; and a square hole in the centre, with a small round hole at each corner. Stamped on one face is: 'SABRE', and 'MKII' (twice - the second time feint). (ii) A square-sectioned rod with one flat end, and one slightly pointed end, just below which each corner is notched. The rod is stamped on one side: 'SABRE' and 'MK[II]', and on another side: 'MKII' and on another side with a mark comprising two crescent moons facing each other. The plate and the rod are joined by wire bearing two lead seals, each stamped with the word 'PORTS' over a broad-arrow. Attached to the wire is a cream linen label, printed in red and with black ink writing. The text includes: 'Admiralty Standard Pattern'; 'Gauge for sabres MKII [and blades] for'; the ref. no. '[18]676/33/18[3?]83 the date '27-11-1933'; (on the back) 'Selected by' and a signature - (?)W.A.Court, with a stamp 'SURVEYOR OF STORES PORTSMOUTH YARD 29 JAN 1934'.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Plate: 55 mm (2.2 in) by 41 mm (1.6 in), rod length: 60 mm (2.4 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

See Description.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

IX.3221 & IX.3222 and IX.3224-IX.32226 similar, IX.3224 being a 'duplicate' pattern for the Sabre MK II.