Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



(none recorded in IBE)

Physical Description

Hilt: Steel hilt consisting of a sheet steel guard pierced for a sword-knot, black-painted, ribbed, cast iron grip, and round top-nut (serving as a tang button). The buff piece is present.

Blade: Curved, single-edged blade with a flat back, a rounded hatchet point and a broad fuller at the back extending from the ricasso to appprox. 215 (8.5 in. ) from the tip.

scabbard : Of brown leather with brass fittings of the pattern - the locket with frog-stud and the chape with rounded (Mk II) end. The locket is reversed and the stitching runs up what would normally be the outside, to enable the sword to be worn in the Indian fashion, with the cutting edge to the rear. Marks on the scabbard will be described as if the scabbard was orientated in the normal European manner.


Dimensions: Sword: Overall length: approx. 902 mm (35.5 in), Blade length: 757 mm (29 13/16 in), Blade width, by hilt: 39 mm (1 9/16 in), Scabbard: Length: 772 mm (29 3/4 in) Weight: Sword: 1.035 kg (2 lb 5 oz), Scabbard: 525 g (1 lb 3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Sword:5On guard, on knuckle-guard, on outside, stamped: 319; 26.5On rear 'quillon', near root, stamped: 3(?) 3 (poorly struck).5On blade, on inside, stamped: E. THURKLE / SOHO / LONDON.5On blade, on outside, stamped: broad arrow over ISD (for India Store Depot).5On blade, on spine, stamped: LONDON MADE; broad arrow over I.Scabbard:5On chape, on 'inside', stamped: CH(?); 00.


Bibliographic References

P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', Royal Armouries Yearbook, III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at pp. 88, fig. 9e, 97 (discussion of the pattern generally; mention of this sword by inv. no. omitted in error), 103 (brief catalogue entry).


For the 1896 pattern Mountain Artillery sword generally, see references and information under IX.1300 (under Notes). For swords of the 1896 Mountain Artillery pattern in the Royal Armouries (including variants) and other swords with similar blades, see also IX.1300 (under Notes).
The maker's name of E. Thurkle with the Soho address probably indicates a date of between 1875 and 1900 (see W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service', 2 vols (cont. pag.), London, 1970, p. 308 and the de Cosson index).