Object Title

Scythe

Scythe

Date

1800-1899

Object Number

VII.2041

Provenance

Transferred from the Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1985 (latterly inv. no. 12/170).

Physical Description

A scythe blade with a tang which is driven into the top of the wooden haft, at the top of which is a metal ferrule. The blade, which is pierced near the base with a small circular hole, has a reinforce along the back which over laps the outside of the blade less than the inside. Several large losses from blade cutting edge. The blade has been painted with aluminium paint.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 3285 mm (129 3/8 in.), Blade length (excluding exposed part of tang): 835 mm (32 7/8 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, at start of tang, inside, stamped: a mark resembling a 7, possibly a stylized scythe?On haft: (stamped) MA over 1750; (painted) 12/170

Associations

Bibliographic References

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1873: ***, MA 1750.

Official Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery in the Rotunda, Woolwich, London, 1889: ***, no. 12/203.

J P Kaestlin, Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery, London, 1963: 47, no. 12/170.

Notes

Very similar to VII.1745 (ex Rotunda 12/169, transferred in 1979). The 1963 Rotunda catalogue (Kaestlin) records 12/169 & 170 as 'Two scythe blades fixed to ash poles, in imitation of the weapon of the Polish Insurgents of 1862-3'.