Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1882-1905

Object Number

IX.5611

Provenance

Transferred from Lincolnshire Police 22 February 2007. 2004 Police Amnesty (Lincolnshire Constabulary) no. 24.

Physical Description

Variations, losses, damage etc: the buff-piece is missing.
Condition on cataloguing (8 February 2007): guard (knuckle-guard) towards the pommel is bent slightly in towards the grip; outer grip scale has slight compression damage to back edge, near the pommel; the hilt (including grip) and scabbard are painted black, apparently over rust which shows through in places; paint was removed from outside of scabbard mouthpiece by Conservation Dept c. 2005-6, to search for marks (one found - see below). Blade has a little rust but has been kept greased.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: Overall length: 1022 mm (40 1/4 in.), Blade length: 830 mm (33 1/2 in.), Blade width (at hilt): 36 mm (1 3/8 in.), Blade width (just beyond hilt): 33 mm (1 1/4 in.), End of fuller to blade tip: approx. 187 mm (7 3/8 in.), Scabbard: Overall length: 864 mm (34 in.) Weight: Sword: 1250 g (2 lb 12 oz), Scabbard: 640 g (1 lb 6 oz)

Component parts

Inscriptions and Marks

Sword:5On hilt: marks on hilt (normally on this pattern, to the rear of the hilt, on the side towards the hand) may be concealed by black paint.5On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 30 over E; broad arrow over EFD.5On blade on inside, near hilt, stamped: '06; 98 (faint; possibly originally flanked by crown above and E below); '07; crown over 34 over E (twice); crown over F6 over E; 08 (or 80); '01; addorsed Rs (right hand R faint).5On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: crown over 30 over E; '/99.Scabbard:5On outside, on mouthpiece, stamped: 1884.5Further marks may be concealed by black paint.

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For the Pattern 1899 sword pattern generally (including a sample description) and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.699, under Notes; for the British Pattern 1882 pattern swords and scabbard see B. Robson, 'Swords of the British Army...', revised [2nd] edn, London, 1996, p. 38-50, esp. p. 44, Pls 26-28. (A Master entry will be created in due course)
This was one of two similar 1899 swords married with Pattern 1882 scabbards which were acquired from this source: the other was allocated to the Castle Museum, York (acc. no. TO COMPLETE). Both swords and scabbards had been painted black and must have been in the same ownership prior to acquisition by the Police. Although the Pattern 1899 sword and the Pattern 1882 scabbard do not appear to have been officially authorised to be used together, other examples of this combination have been noted (for example one offered for sale on the web site of Michael D. Long (dealer) in April 2005 (no. 98258; see prints on inv. file). The present sword is a good fit in its scabbard and although the scabbard is very slightly too short for the Pattern 1899 blade, this problem would disappear when a buff-piece was fitted. It therefore seems possible that these patterns of sword and scabbard were used in this combination in service (though not necessarily in active service).