Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1782-1800

Object Number

IX.621

Provenance

Presented 1924.

Physical Description

Hilt: comprising pommel with backstrap; half basket guard; grip.


Pommel: cap pommel swept forward into a blunt nosed beak and having a plano-convex upper upper face with integral tang button and bevelled edges. The rear portion extends for the full length of the grip and terminates in a peg which passes through the stool of the guard and is rivetted over.


Guard: consists of a slotted oval stool, terminating at the rear in a blunt point and being extended on its forward end to form a knuckle guard. The slots are divided by an integral ring on each side, on the centre line of the blade, and which bridge the inner and outer regions of the stool. Connecting the stool and the knuckle guard are two scrolled branches which have a subsidiary branch between them. These branches stem from two flat projections on the outer edge of the stool and terminate in small scroll flourishes at the half and three quarter length positions along the knuckle guard. The tip of the knuckle guard fits under the lip of the beak of the pommel, to which it is secured by a brass rivet.


Grip: wood, covered with leather and bound with alternate windings of copper ribband and stranded brass wire. The bindings are loose and probably incomplete.


Blade: single edged, slightly curved and having a long, wide fuller commencing just below the hilt and terminating approximately 10cm from the point. A secondary, shorter and narrower fuller runs along the back edge. The upper quarter of the blade is crudely engraved on each side. On the outside is a decorative panel containing the initials 'N K' aside a bunch of grapes; above this is a swag beneath a trophy of arms, above which is a laurel wreath surmounted by a sprig of foliage. On the inside face, next the hilt, is a hatched panel in a decorative border; above this is a sprig of foliage; a floral device; a simplified military or musical trophy; a foliate margin.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 851 mm (33.5 in), blade length: 711 mm (28 in) Weight: 22 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On the back of the blade, next the hilt, is a device resembling a treble clef.

Associations

Places France

Notes

compare with similar swords in C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, fasc. II, 1967. This sword seems to be basic variation.