Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



Tower Arsenal. First registered in the Brick Tower, Rack 13B, in 1987.

Physical Description

Made for the Indian service
Brass stirrup-shaped knuckle-guard - the end, which expands to cover the end of grip (in place of a pommel), has a round-topped, almond-shaped reinforce around an iron tang button; rear quillon with a discoid terminal. Ribbed iron grip, probably originally black-painted, covered by a brown leather sleeve.
Short (cut down - see Notes), curved single-edged blade with a rounded hatchet point; and a broad fuller by the back, extending from the 22 mm (7/8 in.) long ricasso almost to appprox. 40mm (1.5 in.) from the tip.

Scabbard of brown leather with brass mounts. The locket is reversed and the stitching runs up what would normally be the outside, to enable the sword to be worn in the Indian fashion, with the cutting edge to the rear. The scabbard will be described as if orientated in the normal European manner. The locket has an apron on the 'inside', just above which is mounted an oval frog-stud. The same face is decorated with three transverse incised lines towards the mouth and the opposite face has a single incised line near the base. The locket is secured to the body of the scabbard by a brass staple towards the lower edges of each face. The chape is of tapering form, having a rounded bottom and the upper edges of inner and outer faces slope downwards from 'front' to 'rear' and have decorative cusps. Both faces are decorated by two sets of three transverse incised towards the top, and a single incised line near the bottom. The chape is secured to the body of the scabbard by a brass staple towards the mouth on each face.


Dimensions: Sword: Overall length: approx. 715 mm (28 1/8 in.), Blade length: 586 mm (23 1/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 40 mm (1.57 in.), Scabbard: Length: 608 mm (23 15/16 in.) Weight: Sword: 935 g (2 lb. 1 oz.), Scabbard: 470 g (1 lb. 1 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

Sword:5On guard, on knuckle-guard, near end: stamped, 29 AT over 5.5On blade, on inside, on ricasso: stamped, I.S.D.5On blade, on outside, on ricasso: stamped, 1919; IG over 21 with a horizontal line between.5On blade, on spine, near hilt: stamped, [WILK]INSON.Scabbard:5On locket, on mouth: stamped, broad arrow over I flanked by a lost character and G.5On locket, 'inside', near loweer edge: stamped, broad arrow flanked by I and M.On chape, 'outside', just below staple: stamped, broad arrow flanked by C and 15.


Bibliographic References

P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', Royal Armouries Yearbook, III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at p. 101 (brief catalogue entry).


For other swords of the same pattern and evidence for dating etc., see IX.7590, under 'Notes'.