Object Title

Sabre Gauge

Sabre Gauge



Object Number



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 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 a word, originally intended to be '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 Duplicate Pattern'; 'Gauge for sabres MKII and blades for'; the ref. no. '18676/33/18383 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: Plate: 55 mm (2.2 in) by 41 mm (1.6 in), rod length: 59 mm (2.3 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

See Description.


Places Britain


IX.3221-IX.3223 and IX.3225 &IX.3226 are similar, IX.3223 being a 'standard' pattern for the Sabre MK II.