Object Title

Chape

Chape

Date

1900-1950

Object Number

IX.5579

Provenance

Found un-numbered in Leeds Store 3 Leeds, S1, February 2004. May have become detached from a sword in the collection during the transfer of swords from the Tower stores about 1996. It may have become detached from a scabbard which already has an inventory number.

Physical Description

Straight steel chape with ball terminal, for a fairly slender blade, with tipe edge cut to invected shape and with a pair of incised transverse lines on the outside.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Length: 140 mm (5 1/2 in.), Width at mouth: 24 mm (15 /16 in.) Weight: 56 g

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

The ball terminal is similar to those found on Scottish officers' regulation pattern, basket-hilted broad swords from 1828 and on Scottish regiment staff-sergeants' swords from 1929 (see B. Robson, 'Swords of the British Army', revised edn, 1996, pp. 181, 193) but the present chape is designed for a narrower blade. (PJL).