Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1825-1860

Object Number

IX.5587

Provenance

Old Tower collection, probably Tower arsenal. First registered 23 June 2004 following return from loan to the Australian War Memorial [museum] (reg. no. RELAWM05561), being the remains of one of the Loans to the Dominions, sent out in 1921.

Physical Description

Later issued to 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 F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.


Variations, losses, damage, etc:

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: mm ( in.), Blade length: mm ( in.), Blade width, by hilt: mm ( in.) Weight: 860 g. (1 lb. 14 oz.)

Associations

Places Britain

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).