Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1895-1915

Object Number

IX.1321

Provenance

Unknown (no information in Typed Inventory).

Physical Description

Steel half-basket hilt, rear quillon curved towards the blade with scroll terminal. Flat truncated oval cone-shaped pommel with low, flattened domed tang button, with two holes near the perimeter. The guard is cut out to leave a pattern of wide bands, with a cartouche of the arms of Prussia; black composition grip with a projection to catch the index finger. The knuckle-guard has sword-knot slot near the pommel.
Straight, pipe-backed blade with spear point, the 'pipe' moving gradually towards the centre of the blade for the last third. The leather buff piece survives.
The scabbard is of steel with a single band supporting a fixed suspension ring and a suspension staple on the inside, a separate mouthpiece secured by two screws and an asymmetrical shoe.

Dimensions

BladeLength32.25in.
BladeLength820mm
ScabbardLength33.1in.
ScabbardLength840mm
ScabbardWeight482g
ScabbardWeight1.1lb
SwordLength38.25in.
SwordLength970mm
SwordWeight935g
SwordWeight2.1lb

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

For general information on this pattern and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.1320, under Notes.
Initially the scabbard of the M89 had two fixed suspension rings, changed to one in 1895.