Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1760-1780

Object Number

IX.1824

Provenance

transferred from Rotunda Museum of Artillery, Woolwich. Cat.Nos: MA 1814 (Rotunda Catalogue, London, HMSO, 1873, p 126); 14/25 (Rotunda Catalogue, London, HMSO, 1906, p.137); 14/11, (J P Kaestlin, Catalogue of the Museum of Artillery, London, HMSO, 1963, Vol II, p 53).

Physical Description

Hilt: cast brass, consisting of pommel with tang button, single bar guard attached to pommel with a screw, a heart-shaped shell guard and quillons. Wooden grip. Brass ferrule (cracked).


Blade: straight, double edged, diamond section. Inscribed on the back


'MANUFRE DE KLINGENTHAL'

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1092 mm (43 in), blade length: 927 mm (36.5 in) Weight: 992.2 gm (2 lb 3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

on the blade, near the hilt, a crowned 'B' and a crowned 'J'. The same two marks on the guard and the outside of the front quillon is stamped with 'H'. The inside of the shell guard is stamped '18' and the outside with the Rotunda number.

Associations

Places France

Notes

Aries (Armes Blanches Militaires Francaises, paris, 1966, Vol Forte-Epee de 1776) remarks that the pattern is totally unlike anything that came before or after but shows various Scandinavian features, such as the relationship between shell guard and quillons, which he suggests may be as a result of Saint-Germain's residence in Denmark.