Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1825-1860

Object Number

IX.7487

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'). Curved or slightly curved blade.


Blade - Type A: Curved, single-edged blade, flat-backed blade with a narrow fuller near the spine, extending for approx. two thirds of its length; short, unfullered ricasso. Type Specimen: IX.7483.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: hole through grip towards end nearer blade; most of black paint on grip gone; buff piece present; blade tip blunted.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length, blade tip to back edge of 'pommel': 748 mm (29 7/16 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 637 mm (25 1/16 in.), Blade width, by buff piece: 36 mm (1.41 in.) Weight: 795 g. (1 lb. 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: 'ENFIELD'; crown over GR.

Associations

Places Britain

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).