Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1784-1800

Object Number

IX.614

Provenance

Presented 1924.

Physical Description

Hilt: brass, originally gilded, having a cap pommel surmounted by a diamond-shaped tang button, the upper circumference being decorated with two pairs of engraved parallel lines. The semi-basket hilt is formed from a stirrup type knuckle guard adjoining which, in a 'ladder' formation are four 'S' shaped bars which themselves arise from the sides and crest of a large upturned shell guard arising from the stool on the outside. This shell guard is in the form of an oyster shell pierced with a horizontal row of circular holes, each flanked by rounded rectangular slots. Connecting the rear of this shell with its stem is a small bar. On the outside, a smaller shell guard arises from the stool, a forward bridge connecting it with the knuckle guard and having a rear looped bar connecting its upper edge with the stem. A small straight rear quillon with a downturned flattened globular finial is present.
grip: of wood covered with leather and bound with two double stranded copper wire of opposite twists laid side by side to form a herringbone pattern. A lower ferrule may have been fitted originally but is now missing. There is a significant gap between the upper forward edge of the grip and that of the pommel.


Blade: straight with two full length narrow fullers. The back edge might once have been engraved with the name of the makers but only a vestige now remains; or this might be confused with a profusion of file and grinding marks.

Dimensions

OverallLength1036 mm
OverallWeight0.88 kg
BladeLength897 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

None

Associations

Places France

Notes

see C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, tome VI, fasc. 4, fig(s). 1,2,3,6,7.