Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.3705

Provenance

First registered on return from loan to South African Cultural History Museum (their no. L65/857), Cape Town, South Africa, Loan No.L184, on 16/07/1991. Presumably originally Old Tower Collection; probably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Brass cross-hilt hilt, cast in one, consisting of: lion's head 'pommel' (with a loose ring mounted in its jaws, presumably for a sword-knot) which merges into the slender hexagonal section grip, which tapers towards the blade; quillons which taper towards their button-shaped terminals which are flattened on the insides; and langets which taper towards the blade tip and have rounded ends.


The straight, double-edged blade is of flattened diamond section, with a short ricasso. On hilt, on outside of grip, stamped(?): '10' (i.e. band sword no. 10).

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 809 mm (31 7/8 in.), Blade length: 676 mm (26 5/8 in.) Blade width, by hilt: 25 mm (1 in.) Weight: 615 g (1 lb 5 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside of grip, stamped(?): '10' (i.e. band sword no. 10).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

Of same same 'pattern as IX.3705 (which is from the same set, being numbered 7) and also IX.426, but the latter has a shorter blade and lacks a loose ring in the lion's mouth, or a bracket for one. For discussion of other band swords of this and similar 'patterns', see entry for IX.426, under Notes.