Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1625-1650

Object Number

IX.26

Provenance

Presented by Messrs Gaunt, 1956.

Physical Description

The hilt consists of a cast brass hound-head pommel, with separate brass tang button, into which is pegged the upper end of flat-sectioned knuckle-bow that has opposed solid scrolls at its centre. The latter is made continues to form a rear quillon with rolled terminal which supports, on the outside, a shell-guard inclined towards the blade and, inside the hand, a smaller shell-guard inclined towards the pommel. The shell-guards are of steel, pierced with a series of slots and round holes, the edges of invected. Old fabric-covered grip with a ferrule with indented edge towards the pommel. There is a thin buff-piece between the hilt and blade. The parts of the knuckle-guard and rear quillon immediately either side of the grip sre decorated with incised decoration compriding a pair of longitudinal lines flanked by pairs of opposed diagonal lines.
Straight, two-edged blade, now severely corroded, with three narrow fullers rising at the hilt. The ventral fuller extends for approx. 10 in. (250 mm) and the flanking fullers extend for 4.5 and 5 in. (115 and 130 mm).


The whole sword badly corroded, parts of both shell guards missing.

Dimensions

BladeLength32.9in
BladeWidth48mm
OverallLength38.7in

Inscriptions and Marks

On the blade, approx. 6 in. (150 mm) from hilt, twice on each side, stamped: a mark comprising a circle with two spurs on opposing sides and between them a U with the tops of the arms curving outwards (drawing on Marks Cards in Curators' office).

Associations

Bibliographic References

Anthony R E North, 'Brass mounted hangers from the Hounslow sword-mill', Journal of the Antique Metalware Society, 13, June 2005, pp. 24-27, at p. 25, fig. 5.

Notes

This Inv. No. is included on a list (filed at the front of the first class IX IBE vol.) of class IX objects disposed of in November 1965: 'Cross hilted Sword.'. This may be a mistake as IBE states that the present IX.26 was presented by Messrs Gaunt in 1956; however, since the present sword is not the one described in ffoulkes 'Inventory...' (1912), p. 265, it is more likely that the number was made available for re-allocation after the 1965 disposal and that there was a delay in placing some of the Gaunt material on inventory (PJL, 14/08/1997).
A card on the inv. file records the following conservation work carried out by AD (Arthur Davies) on 02/04/1969: 'Piece of shell broken off glued back with Araldite'.