Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1820-1870

Object Number

IX.2831

Provenance

Presumed Tower arsenal. First registered Oct. 1986, following return from long term loan to Scottish United Services Museum (Loan L159), July 1986.

Physical Description

Later issued to Army Hospital Corps privates.
Hilt General Type Description: Brass stirrup-guard, one end flattened to form a terminal plate to the grip in place of a pommel; a loop-guard to the outside of the hand; and a rear quillon with a disc-finial inclined towards the blade. Ribbed, cast iron grip, shaped to the hand and painted black ('lacquered'). Curved or slightly curved blade.


Blade - Type F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.


Variations, losses, damage, etc: loop-guard slightly bent towards blade; buff piece present.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 806 mm (31 3/4 in.), Blade length: 691 mm (27 3/16 in.), Blade width, by buff piece: 32 mm (1.27 in.) Weight: 860 g. (1 lb. 15 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: broad arrow.On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: S.S (SS).

Associations

Places Britain

Notes

For this pattern of sword generally, including a description of the various blade types and the evidence for dating, see entry for IX.536 (under Notes).