Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1825-1860

Object Number

IX.7536

Provenance

Tower arsenal. Found in Brick Tower Store, Rack 12L, 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: buff piece missing though small piece remains on one side in gap between hilt and base of tang.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 800 mm (31 1/2 in.), Blade length: 688 mm (27 11/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 31 mm (1.2 in.) Weight: 736 g. (1 lb. 12 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on pommel, formed of punched dots: '6' or '9' (sketch in VTR).On blade, on inside, near ricasso, stamped: crown over broad arrow (poorly struck).

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).