Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard

Date

1880-1910

Object Number

IX.1207

Provenance

Presented to the Armouries on 21/08/1968 with IX.1206, IX.1208 and IX.1209.

Physical Description

Brass hilt, with traces of gilding remaining,with four-lobed pommel on an elongated stand and prominent tang button. C-shaped knuckle-guard, widening towards its mid-point, is pegged into the pommel, and terminates in a disc finial inclined towards the blade. On the outside of the hand is a single shell inclined towards the blade with a white metal badge of the Imperial Eagle applied to its outer face. Flattened oval section grip, swelling towards its mid-point with wire binding consisting of coarse twist alternating with fine herring-bone twist, with elongated ferrule adjacent to the shell. The ferrule has two transverse raised ribs running around it.


Straight single-edged blade terminating in a spear-point, with 32 mm (1.25 in) ricasso, and shallow fuller. Etched decoration consisting of: (outer face, hilt to tip) square border enclosing a patera set on a striated ground, with the diagonals marked in; transverse border with stylized figure-of-eight decoration; three intersecting panels with pointed ends terminating in a fleur de lys the intersections enclosing a single fleur de lys within a diamond border. The panels contain (i) foliate scrolls (ii) a trophy of arms and musical instruments surmounted by a flag and laurel wreath (iii) foliate scrolls.
(inner face, hilt to tip) square border with diamond infill, each diamond enclosing a stylized fleur de lys; narrow transverse band of running foliage; three intersecting panels, the intersections being more scrolled than on the outer face and enclosing a fleur de lys, containing (hilt to tip)(i) acanthus tips,winged head wearing a ?mural crown, scrolling foliage (ii) a stand of arms including a cannon, shield,breastplate and helmet, halberds and flag set on a laurel wreath (iii) foliate scrolls.
Spine: panel of stylized laurel decoration.
Red felt buff-piece in place.


Black leather scabbard with brass top locket and chape, both lockets with convex edges and secured on the inside face by a single transverse staple. The top locket has an elongated suspension hook on its outer face. The chape has a moulded button finial.


Condition: The tang-button has been knocked and is slightly offset. The Imperial Crown above the eagle badge on the shell is missing. The chape is dented. (February 1992).

Dimensions

Dimensions: Sword: overall length: 890 mm, blade length: 770 mm, blade width: 15 mm Weight: Sword: 0.415 kg (14.5 oz), Scabbard: 0.15 kg (5.25 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inner face of the ferrule: '94' (the 9 stamp appears to be broken, and the tail of the figure is largely missing).On blade, on outer face of the ricasso: crowned king's head next to plumed helmet, all above 'W K & C' (Weyersberg Kirschbaum and Company).

Associations

Places Germany

Notes

This sword is recorded as being 'carried in dress uniform by certain German postal officials' in the old inventory card index, temporary card.
A similar sword is illustrated in the Eickhorn catalogue of 1908, seite 81, no.63 'Post degen in Vorscriftsmassiger Ausfuhrung.'