Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1837-1895

Object Number

IX.3774

Provenance

First registered on return from loan to HQ South West District(Loan L212), 01/04/1992.

Physical Description

Variations, losses, damage, etc: VR cypher; fixed inner guard with short curved spur insert; wire binding to grip lacking; buff-piece lacking. Curved blade with a short ricasso, a flat back, and a broad fuller at the back for the first two thirds of the length of the blade, but the spine moving nearer the centre of the blade for the final third. End of blade shortened. Extreme tip of blade bent over.

Inscriptions and Marks

On inside of blade, on ricasso: crown over '16'.

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 varyious dates (ibid., Ch. 11).