Object Title

Sabre

Sabre

Date

1580-1620

Object Number

IX.158

Provenance

Purchased at the Bernal Sale, Christie and Manson, 5 March-30 April, 1855, (lot number to be found).

Physical Description

Steel hilt consisting of a truncated pyramidal pommel with FOUR rows of punched dots round the base; knuckle-bow connected by a scroll-guard to a small pierced, rectangular plate mounted on the outside of the recurved quillons. Quillons with ovoid finials with pattern of punched dots. On the inside of the hand, a side-ring links the root of the rear quillon with the end of the small forward arm of the hilt; a thumb-ring links the centre of the quillons with the side-ring.


Curved single-edged blade, sharpened on the back for 11 in. from the point. A broad, narrow fuller extends from the hilt to sharpened section of the back, at which point the blade has been broken and welded back together. A mark is stamped on each face of the blade near to the hilt.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 838 mm (33 in.), Blade length: 710 mm (27.9 in.) Weight: 2 lb. 6 oz.

Associations

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, p. 21 and Pl. 36a.

Notes

The scroll-guard is probably a later replacement for a more complex form of basket guard.