Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1831-1870

Object Number

IX.5592

Provenance

Old Tower collection, probably Tower arsenal. First registered 23 June 2004 following return from loan to the Australian War Memorial [museum] (reg. no. REL/08027), being the remains of one of the Loans to the Dominions, sent out in 1921.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: (nothing obvious)

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 720 mm (28 5/16 in.), Blade length: 573 mm (22 9/16 in.) Weight: 1020 g (2 lb 4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 16 (large) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).

Associations

Notes

For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.