Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1813

Object Number

IX.7766

Physical Description

Hilt: brass, of half basket formed by a knuckle guard integral with a solid stool which has three branches with globular roots arising from it and which converge and join the knuckle guard and butt up against the cap pommel.
pommel: has a cusped lower edge and a slight extension at the rear and has a semi-ovoid tang button. The rear of the stool is downturned towards the blade.
grip: is of wood cut with a spiral fluting covered with leather and having a double strand twisted brass wire binding. It inclines slightly forward at the pommel.


Blade: straight, single edged, spear point, with two equal wide and full length fullers on each side. The back of the blade is inscribed


'Manufacture Imp'le du Klingenthal O'bre [S'bre?] 1813'


scabbard : steel, straight, with two bands fitted with loose suspension rings, a shoe with equal length straps along the scabbard body and a separate mouthpiece held in place by two rivets passing through the inner and outer face of the scabbard body. These rivets also secure two blade retaining springs.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 1120 mm (44.125 in), blade length: 965 mm (38 in), Scabbard, length: 1005 mm (39 in) Weight: Sword: 1280 gm (2 lb 14 oz), Scabbard: 1010 gm (2 lb 4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Hilt: various marks on the mid point of the outer face of the knuckle guard; indecipherable inspectors marks, various regimental issue numbers wholly obliterated by asterisk-type overstamps, the number '549' struck through and the number '281' intact. There is an obliterated mark on the underside of the stool.Blade: three marks on the outer face close to the hilt:1. the letter 'L'2. the letter 'K'3.the letter 'B' within some form of wreath.Scabbard: outside face, top band, the number '981' and on the boss on the top band, inner and outer faces, the remains of an inspector's stamp.

Associations

Places France

Notes

According to C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, tome [II] fasc. 2, this blade conforms with the style of inscription introduced in An XIII (fig 20). The scabbard, with its form of shoe and the method of securing the mouthpiece, would appear to be of the 1816 pattern (fig 14).