Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1900-1930

Object Number

IX.7598

Provenance

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

Physical Description

Made for the Indian service.
Sword:
Brass stirrup-shaped knuckle-guard - the end, which expands to cover the end of grip (in place of a pommel), has a slightly raised, round-topped, almond-shaped reinforce around the oron tang-button; rear quillon with a discoid terminal. 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 22 mm (7/8 in.) long ricasso almost to the tip.

Scabbard:
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 (that on 'inside' missing.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: Overall length: approx. 717 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade length: 592 mm (23 3/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 40 mm (1.58 in.), Scabbard: Length: 607 mm (23 7/8 in.) Weight: Sword: 810 g (1 lb. 13 oz.), Scabbard: 420 g (15 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

Sword:5On guard, above rear quillon: stamped, R.P over 3.38.5On guard, on underside (i.e. side towards blade), near angle: stamped, several illegible marks, one probably C.5On blade, on inside, on ricasso: stamped, WILKINSON LONDON.5On blade, on outside, on ricasso: stamped, 1929; broad arrow over I over ISD; R.F.I.5On blade, on spine, approx 45 mm from hilt: stamped, a broad arrow over I over 02(?).Scabbard:5On locket, on 'outside', just above staple: stamped, broad arrow flanked by a reversed C(?) and 14.5On chape, on 'inside', by holes for staple: stamped, broad arrow over I flanked by C and 14.5On leather, on 'outside': stamped, Cd1917; scratched on WATDAD(?).

Associations

Bibliographic References

P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', Royal Armouries Yearbook, III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at pp. 102 (brief catalogue entry).

Notes

For other swords of the same pattern and evidence for dating etc., see IX.7590, under 'Notes'.
The mark R.P. over 3.38 indicates that the sword was issued at Rawalpindi in March 1938 (see letter of 28 May 1999 from David Harding, on inv. file).