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 shallow, raised vesica-shaped reinforce around the iron tang-button; rear quillon broken, the discoid terminal missing. Black-painted, ribbed iron grip (paint mostly gone).
Short (cut down - see Notes), curved single-edged blade with a rounded hatchet point; and a broad fuller by the back, extending from the 18 mm (5/8 in.) long ricasso to approx. 30 mm (1 11/8 in.) from the tip.

Scabbard of brown leather with brass mounts; the chape missing (originally no doubt the same as that on, for example, IX.7590). 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.


Dimensions: Sword: Overall length: approx. 711 mm (28 in.), Blade length: 581 mm (22 7/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 40 mm (1.56 in.), Scabbard: Length (chape lacking): 542m mm ( 21 3/8 in.) Weight: Sword: 870 g (2 lb. 0 oz.), Scabbard: 305 (11 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

Sword:5On guard, on underside, near angle of knuckle-guard: stamped, 16; broad arrow flanked by I and G.5On blade, on inside, on ricasso: stamped, a broad arrow over ISD.5On blade, on inside, on ricasso: stamped, I over 1917.Scabbard:5On locket, 'inside', near lower edge: stamped, broad arrow flanked by C and 15; Cd28.5On leather, 'outside': scratched on, R; MZ; stamped, Cd1928; broad arrow flanked by C and an illegible character (possibly a reversed C or 9).


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 p. 101 (brief catalogue entry).


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