Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1825-1860

Object Number

IX.8140

Provenance

Presumed Tower arsenal. First registered by Valuation Team, January 1993, when on loan to National Army Museum (Loan L200; NAM ref. no: 72055-8-14).

Physical Description

Later issued to Army Hospital Corps privates.
Hilt General Type Description: Brass stirrup-guard, one end flattened to form a terminal plate to the grip in place of a pommel; a loop-guard to the outside of the hand; and a rear quillon with a disc-finial inclined towards the blade. Ribbed, cast iron grip, shaped to the hand and painted black ('lacquered'). Curved or slightly curved blade.


Blade - Type F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: only slight ware to paint of grip; buff-piece present.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 792 mm (31 3/16 in.), Blade length: 673 mm (26 1/2 in.), Blade width, by buff-piece: 33 mm (1 1/4 in.), Weight: 805 g. (1 lb. 13 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on side towards blade, white-painted number: 7205-8-14.On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: broad arrow.On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: 'S.S' (SS).

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

B. Robson, Swords of the British Army..., revised [2nd] edn, London, 1993, p. 244 (pl. 216).

P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', Royal Armouries Yearbook, III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at 90 (fig. 11), 92 (general discussion of this pattern of sword, 101 (brief catalaogue entry), 105 (gen. discussion of this blade type)

Notes

For this pattern of sword generally, including a description of the various blade types and the evidence for dating, see entry for IX.536 (under Notes).