Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

about 1751

Object Number

IX.2804

Provenance

bought from Anmdrew Lumley, April, 1982. (formerly deposit no 92)

Physical Description

Hilt: silver, of conventional form, comprising pommel, knuckle guard with quillon, sleeve and arms of the hilt, shell guards and grip decorated with relief and chased rococo scrolls and foliage against a matted ground


Pommel: Norman, type 88, with additional decoration of a trophy of arms and one of musical instruments on inner and outer faces.


Knuckle guard: the sleeve, which is of slightly baggy form, has the same additional decoration as the pommel.


Shell guards: the outer shell is slightly larger than the inner one and is decorated similarly to the pommel.


Grip: wood, barrel shaped, and bound with silver ribband, apparaently roughened, alternating with a herringbone twist of coarse silver wire flanked by a fine silver wire twist.


Blade: of colichemarde form and hollow ground triangular section. The wide portion extends for 197 mm (7.75 inches) from the shells.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 990 mm (39 in), blade length: 813 mm (32 in), blade width: 31 mm (1.25 in) Weight: 1 lb

Inscriptions and Marks

Knuckle guard: inside, near the pommel, are four marks1. maker's mark of 'IR', with a point separating them, within a rectangle. (see notes below)2. lion passant3. crowned leopard's head4. London date letter 'q' for 1751/52.

Associations

Places Britain

Bibliographic References

L Southwick, London silver-hilted swords, their makers, suppliers and allied traders, with directory, Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2001[a]: 284, pl. 46 (hilt and base of blade only) - maker's mark of John Radborn'. INF. ON MAKER NOT YET FULLY EXTRACTED.

L Southwick, 'Some silver-hilted swords by London makers in the Royal Armouries', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001[b], pp. 32-54, at p. 44, fig. 17. NOT YET EXTRACTED.

Notes

The same maker's mark appears on a silver hilted sword mounted by Nodes, Temple bar, in Glasgow Musuem and Art Gallery, No 11.29.
Another example also existed in a private collection in Warwickshire. (see IBE) The Typed Inventory claims the mark cannot be identified in Grimwade, but the entry for IX.2245 claims that according to 'London Goldsmiths', A Grimwade, London 1976, the mark is probably that of John Raeburn, hilt maker, of New St., Fetter lane, first recorded in 1762 and still active in 1773. The Small Workers book, begun in 1739, in which any previous mark would have been recorded, is missing. (PGS)
INFORMATION ON MAKER FROM SOUTHWICK 2002 A & B STILL TO BE INSERTED.