Object Title

Hanger and scabbard

Hanger and scabbard

Date

1700-1799

Object Number

IX.3780

Provenance

Purchased from Mr Andrew Lumley (dealer), May 1992 (invoice dated 1st May). Previously Deposit No. 170/1.

Physical Description

Steel cross hilt, set overall with faceted steel studs. The cross has short quillons with circular terminals, and with reeded edges. The grip is of curved sided rectangular section, decorated with longitudinal lines of studs between reeded bands. The grip expands away from the blade, and curves forward to form two circles, which is also set with studs (in place of a pommel). In the centre of the circle is a slightly domed boss, decorated with a circle of foliage in white and two colours of yellow metal (silver and gold ?). The ferrule, by the cross, is similarly decorated.


Plain, slightly curved, single-edged blade, with a false edge for approx. the last 115 mm (4.5 in), terminating in a double edged spear point.


Light brown, vellum scabbard with plain steel top- and mid-lockets, and chape with a ball finial. The back edges of the lockets have studs which support loose rings which are joined by a steel chain.


Condition on acquisition: All steel surfaces have been fairly heavily oxidised, though cleaned.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 702 mm (27.6 in), blade length (exposed): 545 mm (21.4 in), blade width: 28 mm (1.1 in), Scabbard: overall length: 575 mm (22.7 in), Weight: Sword: 485 gm (1 lb 1.4 oz), Scabbard: 125 gm (4.4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

No visible marks.

Associations

Places Russia, Tula

Notes

The form of decoration of the hilt is characteristic of the products of the Russian Royal Arms Factory at Tula. Mr A.V.B. Norman commented on seeing the hanger, 20/05/1992, that he doubted the scabbard was original, since, in view of the highly decorated hilt, he would have expected the scabbard mounts also to be decorated.