Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1671-1699

Object Number

IX.851

Provenance

Purchased from the Beriah Botfield collection at Norton Hall, Northamptonshire, with the aid of the National Art Collections Fund, 1942 (Norton Hall No. 303).

Physical Description

Steel hilt consisting of a knuckle-guard with moulded central knob, flat cap-pommel and stout shell-guard, turned to lie parallel with the blade and decorated with radiating fluting to resemble a cockle-shell. The octagonal-sectioned horn grip has, just below the pommel, a semi-circular depression facing the knuckle-bow and a small circular inset of ivory and thewre is a moulded steel ferrule, made in one with the quillon-block.


Broad, slightly curved blade with an ogival cusp at the hatchet point; inlaid at the cusp is a copper 'eye'. Incised on the blade near the back is the maker's name, 'DIONISIO / CORRIENTES'.There is a moulded brass collar around the blade, against the hilt.


Black leather scabbard with steel locket (with frog hook) and chape with a button at the tip, both having decoratively shaped edges towards the leather.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: Overall length: 681 mm (28.6 in), blade length: 584 mm (23 in), blade width (max. near tip): 45 mm (1.7 in), Scabbard: Length: 602 mm (23.7 in) Weight: Sword: 690 g (1 lb 9 oz), Scabbard: 215 g (0 lb 8 oz)

Associations

Notes

The bayonet X.248 appears to be based on a sword of this design.