Object Title

Knife and scabbard

Knife and scabbard



Object Number



Purchased 19 October 1999.

Physical Description

Grip of two ivory scales secured by two rivets. No pommel as such, and an upper edge which gently curves inwards. The sides of the grip expand outwards in a gentle curve from the top before narrowing and then curving out again slightly before meeting the crossguard. The edges of the tang, visible between the grip scales, are decorated all the way round with two lines of very fine punched dots or squares. Crossguard, possibly of silver, is flat and boat or oval shaped.
Double-edged blade widens slightly from the shoulder before curving gently to spear point. Of hexagonal section at the forte; diamond section for the remaining 2/3.

Scabbard of wood covered with brown leather, which has four incised lines at each edge and a central seam with a double row of stitching down the centre of the front face. Mouthpiece with oval-shaped stud, and shoe of silver(?)


Dimensions: Overall length (knife) 247 mm (9 3/4 in), Length of blade: 142 mm (5 9/16 in), Length of scabbard: 148 mm (5 13/16 in) Weight: Knife: 150 g (5.4 oz), Scabbard: 20 g (0.8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On one side of the blade, at the shoulder, stamped: LUND/ 24 FLEET ST/ LONDON


Places Britain


This object was initially selected for Louisville, as the replacement for X.1755, but the latter was not included in the final selection so no replacement piece was needed (PJL, 17/05/04).