Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



Eden gift, 1956

Physical Description

Hilt: of bright steel, having an urn-shaped pommel, knuckle guard consisting of cut steel beads strung on wire, the arms of the hilt being similarly constructed. The dished oval guard is decorated with pierced triangles in three rows. It is fitted with a facetted steel grip.

Blade: of hollow ground triangular section, gilt and blued at the forte and a bright steel faible.

scabbard : constructed of parchment and having three steel mounts, two of which are fitted with facetted steel split rings.


Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 991 mm (39 in), blade length: 806 mm (31.75 in), Scabbard: overall length: 832 mm (32.75 in) Weight: Sword: 1 lb, scabbard: 2 oz


Places England

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 113 (col. illus, 2nd from top - scabbard not shown).


This sword is of the type worn with Civil Service uniform, but was common on the Continent also in the 19th century. Matthew Boulton seems to have popularised, if not introduced, the steel hilt in the 1760's, but this example is typologically later and of lower quality than his work. (Cf IX.801, IX.802)