Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard



Object Number



Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942 (Norton Hall No. 213).

Physical Description

With sphinx pommel. Hilt: brass, cast in one piece in mameluke form; the pommel in the form of a Sphinx or Egyptian head and continuous with the smooth grip which tapers outwards towards the quillons. Two straight quillons terminating in ovoid finials. On each side of the quillon block are two opposed langets, one extending to overlap the blade, the other extending over the grip. Apart from the sphinx mask, the grip, is devoid of any decorative feature.

Blade: plain, curved, single edged with a full length fuller each side.

scabbard : plain black leather with a brass chape having an inclined and cusped upper edge and flat bottom. An elongated brass frog stud, secured by two rivets, was fitted but is now detached. _


Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 825 mm; blade length: 700 mm, Scabbard: 695 mm Weight: Sword: 685 g; Scabbard: 150 g

Inscriptions and Marks

none visible


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