Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

IX.331

Provenance

Not recorded in IBE.

Physical Description

Steel hilt comprising a knuckle-bow, at its base two semi-circular guards, on of which is broken; a cap-pommel and a back-strap which reinforces the wooden grip. The grip is covered with fish-skin and bound with silver wire. Within the knuckle-bow are two further guards which pivot outwards on the pommel and the base of the grip to lock with a spring catch.


The blade is etched with trophies, and on each face 'King's Light Dragoons' [CHK position of apostraphe], and the makers name, 'CULLUM'.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1054 mm (41.5 in), blade length: 914 mm (36 in) Weight: 2 lb 3 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Blade inscribed [15th] King's Light Dragoons.

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl.76. A.V.B. Norman, The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820, p.194.

Notes

A similar sword in a private collection in Philadelphia is mentioned by Norman ('op. cit.'). Long, almost straight blade with a cusped back at the point, cf. C. ffoulkes and E.C. Hopkinson, 'Sword, Lance and Bayonet', 2nd edn., London 1967, fig.16A for blade type. The 15th (King's) Light Dragoons (1766-1806), later became the 15th (King's) Hussars. IX.329 and IX.2766 (both Royal Armouries Cavalry Type B, with a brass hilt) have similarly inscribed blades, and A.V.B. Norman has suggested (tel. comm. 16/08/1991) that these may be the 15th L.D. 'pattern' of 1773, when it was recorded, in the Inspection Returns for this regiment, of 10th November, that they were carrying 'Swords new hilted' (Sumner, 'Jnl. of Army Historical Research', III, p.257).