Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



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Physical Description

Steel hilt consisting of a straight stirrup guard with rectangular sword knot slot towards pommel, broadening to form a pear-shaped plate around the blade with disc finial towards the rear. The edge of the plate is inclined slightly towards the grip with border decoration of eight pierced holes. A large diamond-shaped reinforce is riveted to the plate around the blade towards the grip, supporting a pair of long langets of semi-circular section, which pass through the plate and extend over the blade. Domed pommel in one with the plain back-piece, the ears of the latter being secured by a single rivet passing through the grip. Worm-bellied wooden grip, bound with cord and covered with leather with plain steel ferrule towards the blade.
Broad, straight, single-edged blade terminating in hatchet point with minimal ricasso and broad shallow fuller towards the back extending for 27 ½ ins from the hilt. Leather buff piece in place. Blade stuck (outside) with a crowned four (back) I GILL. Cutting edge is nicked.
Accompanied by a steel scabbard, lined with wood, with two raised bands and loose suspension rings with a minimal asymmetrical show and removable mouthpiece. Stamped WOOLLEY/DEAKIN/DUTTON & JOHNSON.


OverallDepth118 mm
OverallWidth142 mm
BladeLength879 mm
ScabbardLength917 mm
ScabbardWeight1.14 kg
SwordWeight1.16 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof Mark
crowned four


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

T. Richardson and G. Rimer, Treasures from the Tower in the Kremlin, Moscow, 1997, cat. no. 34, pp. 92-93 (col. illus. - gen. view and det. of hilt), 183 (b. & w. illus. - gen. view as before, but smaller) - 'English, about 1800'.

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Tower of London [souvenir guide], Royal Armouries, Leeds, 2000, p. 19 (coll. illus., bottom centre, hilt and base of blade only).

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum [Leeds]. Souvenir guide, Royal Armouries, Leeds etc. [2006], p. 51, illus. (gen. view - 'about 1800'.