Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.7177

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: hole drilled through rear quillon terminal; ribs of grip somewhat worn or poorly cast; blade painted with aluminium paint, apparently over severe rust pitting near and at tip..

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade length: 568 mm (22 3/8 in.) Weight: 940 g (2 lb 1 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 1? (the second digit illegible - probably originally 6 or 9, i.e. it originally read 16 or 19) (inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (incompletely struck, so top not 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.