Object Title




about 1835

Object Number



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, but slightly larger than IX.462 (IBE for IX.462: brass hilt of three bars, cap pommel and small flat shell, down-turned quillon at the rear: leather covered grip bound with brass wire. Curved, single-edged blade with a shallow fuiller on each face).


Dimensions: Overall length: 1069 mm (42.1 in), blade length: 919 mm (36.2 in) Weight: 2 lb 8 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on in/outside (WHICH?), on ricasso, 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 in/outside (WHICH?) on ricasso, stamped: GEBR WEYERSBERG / SOLINGEN.


Bibliographic References

J. Hewitt, Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, London, 1870, p. 61, either IX.489 or IX.491 (see Notes).

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

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, p. 33, Pl. 90e (overall view).

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


For general information and publications on the Baden gift and for problems in identifying the actual swords received with those in the collection today, 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. It is not presently certain whether the present IX.486 corresponds to Hewitt IX.489 ('Cavalry sword') or IX.491 ('Sword for Horse Artillery') - see note on identification of pattern below.
From the illustrations and headings in Maier, this would appear to be the Baden pattern 1831 cavalry sword (G. Maier, 'Badische Blankwaffen', 1976, pp. 109-11). The typed inventory described the present sword as a 'horse artillery sword', and IX.358 (q.v., believed to be from the same provenance) as a 'cavlary sword'. Maier's illustrations and headings suggested these identifications should be reversed and this was followed by Reid, on advice from PJL, in tentatively identifying the present inv. nos of swords included in the Baden gift (Reid 2000, p. 157, Appendix 6). Maier's German text should be checked to for further information and for the identification of IX.358 (q.v.).