Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1817

Object Number

IX.1122

Physical Description

Hilt: Brass, of half basket formed by a knuckle guard integral with a solid stool which has three branches with globular roots arising from it and which converge and join the knuckle guard and butt up against the cap pommel.
Pommel: has a cusped lower edge and a slight extension at the rear and has a semi-ovoid tang button. The rear of the stool is downturned towards the blade.
Grip: is of wood cut with a deep spiral fluting covered with leather and having a double strand twisted brass wire binding. It inclines slightly forward at the pommel.


Blade: straight, single edged, spear point, with two equal wide and full length fullers on each side. The back of the blade is inscribed


'Manufacture R'le du Klingenthal Mars 1817'

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1123 mm (44.1 in.), blade length: 955 mm (37.6 in) Weight: 1273.5 g (2 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

on the knuckle guard, inside face; '348'On the rear of the stool, upper face; the number '33' and a small circular stamp containing 'B'On the blade, outer rear fuller; three stamped marks comprising1. 'B' within a circle of dots.2. partly erased 'L'3. illegible.

Associations

Places France

Notes

Like IX.477, this sword seems to combine features of two distinct patterns of sword and may be a transitional or an upgraded version of the earlier type. The hilt conforms to the An XI and An XIII patterns, whilst the blade with the inscription 'Royale' [abbreviated to 'Rle'] would indicate an 1816 pattern blade, supported by the presence of the date 1817. see C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, tome [II], fasc. 2, fig(s). 5, 14, 17.
However, even Aries seems a little confused also on the blade details and suggests at one point the blade is the An XIII pattern whilst at another point suggests that it is the 1816 pattern !