Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1825-1860

Object Number

IX.7517

Provenance

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

Physical Description

Later issued to 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 F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: knuckle-guard slightly mis-shapen near 'pommel'; buff piece missing; rust patch on inside of blade near hilt; small patch of rust pitting on outside of blade near tip; two very slight nicks to forward edge of blade approx. 190 mm (7.5 in.) from tip. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 796 mm (31 5/16 in.), Blade length: 681 mm (26 13/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 31 mm (1.24 in.) Weight: 780 g. (1 lb. 12 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On underside of guard, lightly incised: '1'.(No visible marks on blade)

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).