Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.7170

Provenance

Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned in Brick Tower Store, Rack 11E, 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: dent in inside of grip; hole drilled through rear quillon terminal; a few nicks in forward edged of blade, towards tip; extreme blade tip blunted; hilt a little loose on blade. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade length: 568 mm (22 3/8 in.) width: 1 3/8 in. Weight: 895 g (1 lb 15 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'D' (double struck). On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '16' (small) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (Incompletely struck so only bottom and half of right side is visible) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).

Associations

Notes

For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.