Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1740-1780

Object Number

IX.1080

Provenance

Acquired 1960.

Physical Description

The hilt of bright steel bearing (Under the rear of the guard) the initials W [A?].The pommel is set into a ring at the top of the guard which has been considerably repaired by brazing. The reaer two loops of the guard and the rear quillon have been removed. The wooden grip is covered with a fish-skin. The basket-hilt is for use with the right hand. straight two-edged blade is engraved on one face at the forte with the partially legible insription 'Andrea Farara'. Unusualy it is positioned across the width of the blade, as opposed to running along the blade lengthways.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 991 mm (39 in), blade length: 864 mm (34 in) Weight: 2 lb 6 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

W [A?] on underside of hilt.

Associations

Bibliographic References

A Dufty, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, HMSO. London, 1974, p.25, Pl.53b.

C Mazansky, British basket-hilted swords. A typology of basket-type sword hilts, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2005, p. 153, type G10, pommel 'basket-hilt' type IV (illus.): 'c.1760'.