Object Title

Sword (A) and scabbard (B)

Sword (A) and scabbard (B)

Date

1600-1650

Object Number

IX.3690 A-B

Provenance

First registered on return from loan to South African Cultural History Museum, Cape Town, South Africa, Loan No.L184, on 16/07/1991.

Physical Description

Hilt Oval-sectioned, egg-shaped, pommel with a stand, decorated with two incised chevrons pointing towards the blade. The guard is formed of flattened rectangular sectioned bars. The quillons, recurved in the plane of the blade, support rings on either side of the hilt, the outer one larger than the inner, each containing a shell-shaped plate; the outer plate is decorated with two chevrons en suite with the pommel. A knuckle-guard springs from the root of the forward quillon, swells slightly at its mid-point, and has a turned end which does not meet the pommel. The quillon terminals and the central, swollen section of the knuckle-guard are decorated with small impressed circles. (On comparison with similar hilts listed in Notes, below, it seems likely that this decoration originally formed leaf sprays.) Modern, wooden grip.


Straight, single-edged blade with a 60 mm (2.35 in) ricasso. A fuller runs its full length, beginning near the back and ending, at the tip, in the centre. A second, short fuller runs the length of the ricasso, and near its forward edge.


Modern, black leather scabbard, stitched up the centre of the inner face, with steel chape and frog-hook.


Condition on registration: surfaces of hilt extensively pitted; blade similar but more thoroughly cleaned. Minor scuffs on scabbard.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 940 mm (37 in), blade length: 780 mm (30.7 in), blade width: 29 mm (1.1 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the blade, near the hilt, stamped: crescents with toothed outer edges - two and part of a third on the outside; two on the inside.

Associations

Notes

Number split, 13/09/1993: Sword - A; Scabbard - B (PJL).
For swords with similar hilts in the Royal Armouries and elsewhere, see entry for IX.177, under Notes.
The scabbard was not returned with the sword from Loan L200 (Derry City Council), nor could it be found in in the likely locations in store. The correspondence, receipts and loan documents on the Loan file are ambiguous as to whether the scabbard was sent on loan with the sword. In view of this and as the scabbard was modern, it was decided by Katherine Richmond (Registrar), with PJL's agreement, that there was little point in pursuing the matter with the borrowers. The scabbard is for the moment classed as missing. As the sword and scabbard do not have separate STAR entries, the audit status will remain unchanged. For further details see email exchanges between KR and PJL, Februry 2006 (copy on inv. file) (PJL).