Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



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

Physical Description

Brass stirrup-shaped knuckle-guard (now mis-shapen) - the end, which expands to cover the end of grip (in place of a pommel), has a very slightly raised, round-topped, almond-shaped reinforce around the tang-end; rear quillon (now bent sharply towards blade) with a discoid terminal. Black-painted, ribbed iron grip (paint mostly gone.
Short (cut down - see Notes), curved single-edged blade and a rounded hatchet point; and a broad fuller by the back, extending from the 21 mm. (13/16 in.) long ricasso almost to 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. 708 mm (27 7/8 in.), Blade length: 588 mm (23 1/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 40 mm (1.57 in.), Scabbard: Length: 61.0 mm (24 in.) Weight: Sword: 870 g (1 lb. 15 oz.), Scabbard: 415 g (15 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

Sword:5On guard, on underside (i.e. on side towards blade), near angle: stamped, 7.5On blade, on inside, on ricasso: stamped, WILKINSON LONDON.5On blade, on outside, on ricasso: stamped, IG over 21 with a horizontal line between; broad arrow over I over ISD.5On blade, on spine, approx. 35 mm from the hilt: stamped, broad arrow over I over O and a second illeigible character.Scabbard:5On locket, on 'inside', near lower edge: stamped: broad arrow flanked by C and 15; Cd28.5On leather, on 'outside': stamped, Cd1929; scratched on, AMIK ALAM.5On chape, on 'outside', just above staple: stamped, broad arrow flanked by C and 15.5On chape, on 'inside', just below staple: stamped, Cd28.


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).


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