Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1850-1900

Object Number

IX.6889

Provenance

Old Tower Collections. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 10B, 1987.

Physical Description

Variations, losses, damage, etc:

Dimensions

BladeLength571mm
BladeWidth35mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On sword:5On hilt, on rear quillon: '1.1893' over 'M' over '4.ST.' over '8'.5On inside of blade: etched on shield - 'ROBT MOLE & SON / MAKERS / BIRMINGHAM'; '12/92'.5On outside of blade: broad arrow over 'WD'; crown over 'B' over '3'; 'MOLE / BIRMM.5On spine of blade: crown over '3' over 'B'.On scabbard:5On top locket: 'MOLE'.5On frog stud: '6'.5On scabbard leather: crown over 'B' over '21'; '21' over '6' over 'SS' (this whole mark uncertain); crown over 'B' over '21'.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern generally, see B. Robson, 'Swords of the British Army...', London, 1975, pp.171, 173, Pl.182, where it is stated to have been introduced in 1856 and declared obsolete in 1904.