Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

dated 1834

Object Number

IX.494

Provenance

Found in Sebastopol Harbour (see Notes). Dillon number IX.507.

Physical Description

Hilt: cast brass in one piece comprising globular pommel with pronounced tang button, elongated barrel shaped grip with lateral ribs and quillons terminating in drum shaped finials with concentric rings on their inner and outer faces.
Blade: straight, asymmetrical spear pointed blade of flattened diamond cross section with slight narrowing towards the hilt and having saw teeth along the back edge commencing at the shoulder and terminating 234 mm (9.2 ins) from the point.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 732 mm (28.8 in), blade loength: 488 mm (19.2 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on one side, in centre of cross, stamped: 1834.On blade, on one side, near hilt, stamped: the Cyrillic characters H with a reversed N, and (smaller) a letter L.

Associations

Places Russia

Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and survey of the armouries of the Tower of London, London, HMSO, 1916, vol. II, p. 306.

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at p. 70, n. 16 (cited under it former number of IX.7632).

Notes

This sword had lost its number and been re-accessioned as IX.7632 when it was found un-numbered in the Brick Tower in about 1987. It was transferred back to its original number in September 2002. For its location before this see entry for IX.7632 (PJL, 24/09/02).
According to ffoulkes 1916 it was 'From Sepastopol, 1854'; according to I.22 (typed list in Dillon's order) it was 'From Sebastopol Harbour' with no mention of a date. From the state of the blade it looks as if it has been in wet or damp conditions for some considerable time and it is perhaps unlikely that it was retrieved as early as 1854 (PJL).
According to ffoulkes it had a leather scabbard (though this seems unlikely to have been the orginal one in view of the condition of the blade). The scabbard had evidently disappeared by the time William Reid (who left the Armouries in 1970) wrote the inventory card (from which the Typed Inventory was copied) (PJL).
Just needs weight to convert to Full entry.