Object Title

Scabbard

Scabbard

Date

1771-1799

Object Number

IX.647 B

Provenance

Brought from Paris, 1815; transferred from Rotunda Museum 1927

Physical Description

Of rectangular box section comprising a body of wood, the exposed parts covered with red felt, and partially encased in brass.
The brass casing provides a plain top locket, a middle locket of rectangular form with a simple engraved geometrical pattern, and an elaborate chape and shoe. The chape portion is rectangular with a recessed panel embossed with a simplified palmette device supported by a pair of opposed 'S' scrolls at the base embracing a smaller, inverted, palmette. The shoe takes the form of an oyster shell with recessed central panel embossed with palmette. The three elements of the scabbard fittings are connected by brass channels running down each edge and which, at the middle locket, carry a projecting boss fitted with a loose suspension ring. At the mouth of the scabbard, the edges of the locket have two rectangular portions cut away to accomodate the quillons of the true Ecole de Mars sword.

Dimensions

Weight: 555 g (19.8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the crossguard: stamped with an emblem of a field gun and the inscription 'MA 1916'.On the blade, close to the hilt;1. a stamped mark of a sunburst over the letter M2. a stamped mark of LW within a dotted oval cartouche (partly obliterated)These marks correspond to the inspectors marks for 1797/1798.

Associations

Places France

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, pl. 88a

Notes

This scabbard was incorrectly associated with the sword IX.647 when accessioned. The true Ecole de Mars sword is exemplified by IX.967 and IX.1880, hence the scabbard is currently with IX.1880.