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Sword: O.10-1879

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 31 (Armoury)


Blade maker: Unknown
Hilt maker: Unknown




The steel blade is straight and double edged, narrowing to a rounded the point. It is quite flexible, and is from a European broadsword. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard, angled across the centre, with cusped wings and long plain sword-shaped reinforces, attached by three rivets with iron rosette washers. Round the junction of the wings and reinforces is a band of iron. The thin grip swells to a central moulding and there is a small, deep, dish pommel lacking its dome. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and pitted from earlier corrosion.
At either side of the blade is the outline of part of an animal.

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 85 cm
Overall Length: 96.5 cm
Weight: 1010 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1879) by Taylor, Robert, MA


17th Century#
Circa 1600 CE - 1700 CE


The blade of this sword was probably made in Shotley Bridge and was imported into India where the hilt was fitted. European swords and blades were much prized in India and there is a long tradition of importing them and giving them Indian hilts.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: resembles the brush of the running fox mark of Passau

  • Type: Maker's mark

Inscription present: not one of the original brown tags, the original piece of Taylor string (but no tag)

  • Text: 10
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive paper label

  • Text: 10
  • Type: Label

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.10-1879
Primary reference Number: 158314
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 12 May 2021 Last processed: Thursday 3 August 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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