Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1822-1892

Object Number

IX.3756

Provenance

First registered on return from loan to Deal Castle (English Heritage, ref. no. 81000052) (Loan L10), 09/01/1992.

Physical Description

Variations from standard pattern: The hilt apparently has traces of gilding, and has a folding inner guard with short curved spur inset. The combined pommel and backpiece is not of the normal design, being quite plain and similar to that on the Pattern 1796 light cavalry trooper's sword, though smaller and without ears. The ferrule has a roped central band.
The blade has remains of etched and gilt decoration - a trophy, an urn (remains of) and floral foliage scrolls.


Losses, damage etc: Grip covering and most of wire binding is missing. A fragment of the buff-piece remains.

Dimensions

BladeLength825mm
BladeWidth29mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On guard, by rear quillon, on side towards pommel, engraved: '2.24' over '8' over 'A.S'.On guard, outside the hand, on side towards blade, stamped: 'J'.On outside of blade, at base, by ricasso, etched: 'REEVES / & Co'.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of (brass gothic) hilt generally, used by both infantry officers and sergeants (staff sergeants only from 1852), 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. The same hilt, possibly with a shorter blade, was also used by drummers from 1822 to 1856 (ibid., p.166). Officer's and sergeants of several corps and departments also used this pattern of infantry sword at various dates (ibid., Ch. 11).


The finish and decoration of this variant pattern (similar swords are IX.3757 - IX.3759) suggest that they are for officers, but the marks on the hilt probably point to their being government or regimental property (i.e. probably for sergeants).