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Transferred from Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich, 1978.

Physical Description

Hilt: brass, large; pommel flat with projection to form backstrap to grip; slotted knuckle guard pierced with oval and rectangular holes. Heart shaped rear quillon, inclined towards the blade. Wide grip of oval section bound with twisted copper wire and fitted with scalloped ferrule.

Blade: slightly curved, single edged of T-section with falchion point. Blade decorated with engraved motifs; on inside, starting at the hilt, Turk's head with moon and stars, sun surrounded by a curtained canopy, moon. On outside face; 3 arrows, moon within an oval cartouche decorated with Zodiac symbols, Turk's head. The back is also decorated with cabalistic designs.


Dimensions: overall length: 840 mm (33 in), blade length: 680 mm (26.75 in) Weight: (3 lb 1 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Rotunda number stamped on outside of knuckle guard.


Places France

Bibliographic References

No MA 1910, Rotunda Catalogue, HMSO, 1873, p. 128;No 14/110, Rotunda Catalogue, HMSO, 1906, p 139;No 14/93 J. P. Kaestlin, Catalogue of Museum of Artillery, London 1963, Vol 2, p. 53.


Similar to baldes IX.1874 and 1875