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Tower Arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower, rack 13B in 1987.

Physical Description

This example made for the Indian service.
Hilt: Steel hilt consisting of a sheet steel guard pierced for a sword-knot, black-painted, ribbed, cast iron grip, and round top-nut (serving as a tang button). The buff piece is present.

Blade: Curved, single-edged blade with a flat back, a rounded hatchet point and a broad fuller extending from the ricasso to appprox 220 (8 3/4 in.) from the tip.


Dimensions: Overall length: 950 mm (35 5/8 in.), Blade length: 757 mm (29 13/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 39 mm (1 9/16 in.), Weight: 1.80 kg (2 lb. 7 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On guard, on rear quillon, stampped: F.A.10.00.On blade, on inside, stamped: E. THURKLE / SOHO / LONDON.On blade, on outside, stamped: broad arrow over ISD.On blade, on spine, stamped: LONDON MADE; broad arrow over I.


Bibliographic References

P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', Royal Armouries Yearbook, III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at pp. 97 (discussion of the pattern generally), 103 (brief catalogue entry).


For the 1896 pattern Mountain Artillery sword generally, see references and information under IX.1300 (under Notes). For swords of the 1896 Mountain Artillery pattern in the Royal Armouries (including variants) and other swords with similar blades, see also IX.1300 (under Notes).
The mark F.A. over 10.00 indicates that the sword was issued at Ferozepore Arsenal in October 1900 (see letter of 28 May 1999 from David Harding, on inv. file).
Another sword, with a brass stirrup hilt similar to IX.1485 (q.v.) etc., marked F A and 9.99 (for September 2001), was offered for sale at Wallis and Wallis, 12 & 13 June 2001 (Sale 447), Lot 1033 (illus. Pl. 19).
The maker's name of E. Thurkle with the Soho address probably indicates a date of between 1875 and 1900 (see W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', 2 vols (cont. pag.), London, 1970, p. 308 and the de Cosson index).