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Physical Description

Hilt: Brass, of half-basket type formed from a wide, solid stool arising from which is knuckle guard which sweeps upwards to join the pommel and a long, scrolling, side branch, commencing at the forward portion of the stool, which connects with the knuckle guard with a scroll flourish, just above its root and just below the pommel. A further scroll flourish appears on the main branch just above its first junction with the knuckle guard. The rear of the stool has a downturned cinquefoil terminal.
Pommel: has a cusped lower edge and a slight extension at the rear and has a semi-ovoid tang button. grip: straight, spirally fluted wood covered with leather and originally bound with double stranded twisted brass wire. A lower brass ferrule is fitted, to the underneath of which was fitted a leather finger loop, now missing.

Blade: straight, plain, single edged, Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.


Dimensions: Overall length: 1105 mm (43.5 in), blade length: 952 mm (37.5 in) Weight: 1155 g (2 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

Hilt: on the cinquefoil terminal of the stool, towards the blade, An 'FR' monogram (F reversed) surmounted by a crown and the number '1' beneath and adjacent, the number '11'.


Places France


Although this sword bears many similarities to the French 1784 Pattern Cavalry (see IX.1266) and Pattern An IV swords there is an element of the hilt absent, the blade differs and the markings do not correspond with French markings of the period.(See C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, tome [1], fasc. 1, 1966; tome VI, fasc 4, 1967)