Object Title

Sword, scabbard and case

Sword, scabbard and case



Object Number



Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942.

Physical Description

Hilt: burnished, cut steel hilt consisting of pommel, grip, short quillons, rudimentary arms of the hilt and solid single shell guard. A portion of the chain which connected pommel and forward quillon still remains.

Blade: of hollow triangular section.

Scabbard: of vellum fitted with steel top locket, middle locket and chape.

Case: of wood covered with red leather and shaped to follow the outline of the sword.


Dimensions: Sword: overall length 978 mm (38.5 in), blade length: 813 mm (32 in), scabbard: 841 mm (33.1 in), case: 1029 mm (40.5 in) Weight: Sword: 792 g (1 lb 12 oz), scabbard: 84.9 g (3 oz), case: 424.5 g (15 oz)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

There are no marks on the sword itself.Scabbard: is inscribed on the locket 291 Rgk


Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, p. 28, pl. 66c.


April 1988, scabbard chape and loops of tassel on end of forward quillon found to be missing.
February 1993, chape which had subsequently been found on floor of cage, re-fixed to scabbard.
See IX.803 and IX.1507 for dating evidence.