Object Title





Object Number

IX.647 A


Brought from Paris, 1815; transferred from Rotunda Museum 1927

Physical Description

Hilt: cast brass with integral pommel and grip and separate cross guard.
Pommel and grip: plain, flattened, bulbous pommel with tang button, supported by a grip of oval section, swelling outwards at the centre and flaring outwards at its junction with the cross guard, creating in effect an integral plain ferrule. The body of the grip is decorated with a simple fish scale design, no doubt as a means of ensuring a secure grasp. The grip/pommel piece is secured to the tang of the blade with three medial brass rivets.
Crossguard: of rectangular section, swelling at the extremeties to produce almost cylindrical finials. The inner and outer faces of the cross guard and finials are recessed within a plain square edged border.
Blade: of leaf form, double edged and terminating in a spear point. On each side it has two short fullers close to the centre line commencing 25 mm from the hilt and extending for 90 mm; 18 mm beyond this point, a single central fuller commences and extends for 273 mm. Close to the hilt is in engraved inscription
On one side, 'M'f'ture le'
and on the other


Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 634 mm (25 in), blade length: 485 mm (19 in), Weight: 965 g (34.2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the crossguard: stamped with an emblem of a field gun and the inscription 'MA 1916'.On the blade, close to the hilt;1. a stamped mark of a sunburst over the letter M2. a stamped mark of LW within a dotted oval cartouche (partly obliterated)These marks correspond to the inspectors marks for 1797/1798.


Places France

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, pl. 88a


The scabbard was incorrectly associated with the sword IX.647 when accessioned. The true Ecole de Mars sword is exemplified by IX.967 and IX.1880, hence the scabbard is currently with IX.1880.