Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1800-1830

Object Number

IX.7247

Provenance

Found un-numbered in Brick Tower store (rack 11G), 1982/1983. First accessioned by Valuation team, 1987. Probably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Brass mameluke style hilt, cast in one, consisting of: lion's head 'pommel' with eyelet between its jaws (for chain-guard) and stylized mane, which merges into the grip, which is slightly shaped to the hand; short, straight qillons with sperical pineapple terminals, the forward one having an attached eyelet (for the chain-guard); forward langets and fictive rear langets (cast as part of the grip). The cente of the cross (with the langets) has relief cast decoration of a flowering bud flanked by leaves.


Curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller near the back, extending from the base for approx. 520 mm (20 1/2 in.). The chain-guard is lacking.


Condition: Identified with concentric corrosion (on outside of blade), February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 814 mm (32 1/16 in.), Blade length, back by hilt to tip: 691 mm (27 1/4 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 31 mm (1 3/16 in.) Weight: 700 g (1lb 8 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on grip, on outside, stamped: 3 over DG over 25 (3rd Dragoon Guards [band sword no.] 25)

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

IX.7248 is of the same 'pattern', marked to the same regiment (no. 21). No other examples of this exact 'pattern' have so far been noticed (at 29/06/07).