Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1837-1895

Object Number

IX.3698

Provenance

First registered on return from loan to South African Cultural History Museum (their no. L65/865), Cape Town, South Africa, Loan No.L184, on 16/07/1991.

Physical Description

Hilt: British Infantry (Gothic) Pattern 1822.
Blade: Transitional between Patterns 1822 and 1845/61.
Variations, losses, damage, etc: Guard with VR cypher; folding inner guard with single, curved spur insert; outer bar of guard slightly bent; Some fish-skin covering to grip missing. Guard lacks gilding (normal of officer's swords of this pattern). Curved blade with a short ricasso, a flat back, a broad fuller at the back for first two thirds of its length but the spine moving nearer the centre of the blade for the final third.

Dimensions

BladeLength821mm
BladeWidth27mm

Inscriptions and Marks

No visible marks.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of (brass gothic) hilt generally, used by both infantry officers and sergeants (staff sergeants only from 1822), and for the various patterns of blade, see B. Robson, 'Swords of the British Army...', London, 1975, pp.114-121, Pls 124-126, 128, 131, and pp.146, 147, Pl.163.