Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1825-1860

Object Number

IX.7480

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Found in Brick Tower Store, Rack 12H, when first registered in 1987.

Physical Description

Hilt of type also used by Army Hospital Corps privates.
Hilt General Type Description: Brass stirrup-guard, one end flattened to form a terminal plate to the grip in place of a pommel; a loop-guard to the outside of the hand; and a rear quillon with a disc-finial inclined towards the blade. Ribbed, cast iron grip, shaped to the hand and painted black ('lacquered').


Blade - Type B: Broad, slightly curved, single-edged, flat-backed blade with a narrow fuller near the spine, extending for approx. two thirds of its length. The tip is in line with the spine. Type Specimen: IX.7479.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: loop-guard removed, stumps remain; rear quillon bent in towards back of blade so its end almost touches; most of black paint on grip gone; buff piece present but somewwhat damaged and worn; blade is bent out of true and has extensive nicks (two quite deep) to the half of the cuting edge nearest to tip which is blunted.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length, blade tip to back edge of 'pommel': 742 mm (29 1/16 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 625 mm (24 5/8 in.), Blade width, by buff piece: 43 mm (1.67 in.) Weight: 830 g. (1 lb. 13 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: 'WOOLLEY / SARGANT'.

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

Armouries).

Notes

For this pattern of sword generally, including a description of the various blade types and the evidence for dating, see entry for IX.536 (under Notes).