Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

IX.1734

Physical Description

Variant hilt with the divisions between the bars continued as engraved lines, in the manner of the 1821 Light Cavalry pattern guard. It has a straight rear quillon which, compared with the standard pattern, is also wider, and the disc terminal is of smaller diameter. On this example the raised area on top of the pommel is of slightly different shape.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1010 mm (39 3/4 in), blade length: 882 mm (34 11/16 in), Weight: 0.91 kg (2 lb)

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

J. Morgan, 'The 1853 cavalry trooper's sword', Classic Arms and Mailitaria, VII, no. 5, Sept./Oct. 2000, p. 27 - as example of the variant guard.

Notes

This is one of a number of swords of this pattern in the Royal Armouries with variant guards. The divisions between the bars are continued as engraved lines, in the manner of the 1821 Light Cavalry pattern guard: the quillon is wider and the disc terminal is of smaller diameter. Additionally, on some examples the quillon is straight. Other swords of this pattern with the variant guard in the Royal Armouries are: IX.6374, IX.6375, IX.6383 and IX.6386 (with straight quillons); IX.6373 and IX.7931 (with curved quillons), both marked Enfield 1857.
The typed inventory (IBE) suggested that the present sword might be a trial pattern but it made no reference to the other similar examples mentioned above.