Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1820-1860

Object Number

IX.7543

Provenance

Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 12L, 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 G: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade terminating in double-edged spear-point; broad fuller, almost at the back, rising about 25 mm (1 in) from the hilt, and extending almost to the tip; short (unfullered) ricasso. Type Specimen: IX.7542.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: buff-piece present.
Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 792 mm (311 1/8 in), blade length: 679 mm (26 3/4 in), blade width, by buff-piece: 32 mm (1 1/4 in) Weight: 855 gm (1 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow.

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', Royal Armouries Yearbook, III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at pp. 94 (discussion of this blade type), 106 (mention as one of only two examples of this blade type then identified in the Royal 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).