Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1821-1840

Object Number

IX.493

Provenance

Apparently received with three other swords and other weapons (see Notes) from the Arsenal of the Grand Duke of Baden at Karlsruhe in June 1846, in exchange for a quantity of British military weapons.

Physical Description

Similar to IX.360 (IBE for IX.360: Cast brass hilt comprising grip with simulated back-strap, pommel, knuckle-guard and down-curving quillon at rear. Curved single edged blade.)

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 744 mm (29.3 in), blade length: 597 mm (23.5 in) Weight: 2 lb 4 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, stamped: a mark: a crowned shield charged with a bend [probably the arms of Baden] within an oval (drawing in marks cards; publ. Dufty and Borg 1974, from IX.358).on blade, on one side (WHICH?), stamped: GEBR WEYERSBERGon blade, on other side (WHICH?), stamped: SOLINGEN.

Associations

Bibliographic References

William Reid, 'Some International Arms Exchanges, 1835-1846', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 5, 2000, pp. 148-158 , at p. 157, Appendix 6.

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1870, p. 61, IX.490.

C. ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 306 - 'Band Sword'.

Notes

For general information and publications on the Baden gift and for problems in identifying the actual swords received with those in the collection see entry for IX.358, under Notes.
The four swords received from Baden are identifiable in Hewitt 1870 (p. 61, IX.489-491). The present inv. numbers have not yet been traced back through RA MSS I.11 and I.22 and the Dillon numbers and catalogue references (if included) have not yet been identified.
From the illustrations and headings in Maier, this would appear be a Baden pattern infantry sword of a pattern introduced or current in 1821 (G. Maier, 'Badische Blankwaffen', 1976, pp. 102-3). Maier describes the sword he illustrates as 'von 1821' which presumably means it is not of an identifiable dated pattern. Maier's German text should be checked. (PJL, 10/04/01).