Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1780-1820

Object Number

IX.2011

Physical Description

Hilt: cast brass, in one piece comprising; pommel with tang button and backstrap, grip with 35 lateral ribs, knuckle guard and cross guard with short rear quillon turned towards the blade. The guard is of oval section and joins the cap pommel which has a slight forward inclination.


Blade: single edged, straight without fullers. The back is inscribed


'M---FTURE DE KLINGENTHAL COULAUX FRERES ENTREPRS'.

Dimensions

Dimensions: overall length: 740 mm (29 in.), blade length: 595 mm (23.5 in.) Weight: 2 lb 1 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

Hilt, knuckle guard, '36' near the pommel and 'M' and a rosette and 'L W' further towards the blade.On the blade, towards the hilt, outer face, 'M' with rosette.

Associations

Places France

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, p. 182 (col. illus., 2nd from top).

Notes

Formerly on loan to Farleigh-Hungerford Castle (Loan 22). Taken into guardianship with the castle.
The initials 'L W' are recorded as those of Inspector Levavasseur.
see C. Ariès, 'Armes Blanches Militaires Françaises', 30 vols and index, 1966-1990, fasc. 4, fig(s). 15, 16. Pattern of l'An IX for infantry, often employed for sea service.
cf IX.966 (French Infantry pattern 1816), 'Swords in the Tower of London', pl 89c.