Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1850

Object Number

IX.1187

Provenance

Prsented by Messrs Gaunt, 1956.

Physical Description

Hilt: Brass, comprising pommel, knuckle guard with integral quillons, shell guard and grip. The pommel takes the form of a plumed helmet on a stand. The knuckle guard, of flattened diamond dection, swells at the centre and has a cartouche each side with sprigs of foliage. A stubby front quillon projects from the lower bend of the knuckle guard which is extended to form the rear quillon. The quillons terminate in a small turned finial. The upper end of the knuckle guard has an elaborate flourish just behind the peg which connects it with the pommel. The shell guard is asymmetrical, the outer portion being oval and truned slightly towards the blade, the inner portion being almost trapezoidal and turned towards the grip. The shell guard has a raised beaded border on its upper face. The outer portion of the shell is decorated with two dragons.
Blade: narrow, straight two edged, etched with foliage motifs.
scabbard : leather with brass mounts.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 937 mm (36.9 in); blade length: 803 mm (31.6 in), Scabbard: 848 mm (33.4 in) Weight: Sword: 311 g (11 oz); Scabbard: 141.5 g (5 oz)

Associations

Places France

Notes

This does not seem to conform to any known French patterns of court sword of the 19th/early 20th century. The beaded border to the shell guard is closely similar to that used on many English swords of this type.