Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1850-1900

Object Number

IX.6953

Provenance

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

Physical Description

Variations, losses, damage, etc: Good condition (IBE)

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 706 mm (27.8 in.), blade length: 574 mm (22.6 in), blade width (by hilt): 35 mm (1.4 in) Weight: 2 lb 4 3/4 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, above rear quillon: '2/1900' over '6.02' over '8' (figures on the first line are deleted; the 2 by a horizontal line (2 over stamped 7 according to IBE), and the 1900 by a diagonal line, bottom left to top right).On inside of blade: 'ROBT MOLE & SONS / MAKERS / BIRMINGHAM' (the T of ROBT is above the B); '10/93'.On outside of blade: broad arrow over 'WD'; crown over 'B' over '3'; 'MOLE / BIRMM'.On spine of blade: crown over 'B' over '35'.

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. For Robert Mole and Sons, see W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', London, 1970, Vol. II, p.319.