Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1860

Object Number

IX.1151

Physical Description

The sword is of simple and robust construction with a steel pommel and dish-guard. The grip is leather bound with brass wire. Inside edge of the guard has a raised flange. At the rear of the dish is a rectangular slot for a brown leather strap, which this example still retains. The curved single edged blade was made by Samuel Hoppe of Solingen and retailed by C Putsch Sohn also of Solingen, Germany. The scabbard is of steel and has two suspension rings.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 1054 mm (41 1/2 in.), Blade length: 895 mm (35 1/4 in.), Scabbard length: 932 mm (36 11/16 in.) Weight: Sword: 1190 g (2 lb 10 oz), Scabbard: 1045 9 (2 lb 5 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

The blade is stamped 'C(?) PUTSCH SOHN' and within arectangle 'A(?) C'. The other side of the blade bears the stamp of the 'Beehive over SOLINGEN' (for Samuel Hoppe). The scabbard bears a small punchmark of 'M(?) C' within an oval.

Associations

Places Italy
Germany

Notes

This model is discussed briefly in the following:
A Batocci and L Salvatici, Armamento Individuale dell'esercito Piemontese e Italiano 1814-1914, Vol. 1, Firenze, 1978, p.136-7 (plate 42- figs 1-6); C Calamandrei, Armi Bianche Militari Italiane 1814-1950, Firenze, 1987, p. 57; C Calamandrei, Storia dell'Arma Bianca Militari Italiana, da Waterloo al Nuova Millenio 1814- 2000, Firenze, 1999, p.64.
C Putsch is noted as a retailer in Solingen between 1830-50 (Bezdek:75) and 'C Sohn, Putsch' is again noted as a retailer between 1863-1864 (Schlesinger:). Samuel Hoppe & Sohn of Solingen was active between 1827-1861 (Bezdek:54) being Samuel Hoppe & Co. between 1861-1885 (Bezdek:54)
Refs: Bezdek, R H, German swords and swordmakers: Edged weapon makers from the 14th to the 20th Centuries, Boulder, Colorado, 2000.
Schlesinger, E, Solingen Handwerkszeichen, Messer-und Scherenzeichen des 17.bis 19. Jahrhunderts, Duisburg, 1982.