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Sword: O.14-1879

Object information

Maker(s)

Unknown (Maker)

Description

The steel blade is straight and double edged, flaring towards the point which is slightly cusped. The hilt comprises a figure-8 guard, angled across the centre, with cusped wings and long, heavy blade-shaped reinforces extending well down the blade and secured by three rivets. Round the junction of the wings and reinforces is a band of copper alloy. The thin grip swells to the centre, and there is a small, deep dish pommel inside which is a twisted iron wire loop on which are eight loose rings of twisted iron wire. The hilt is covered with black paint, the blade polished bright and pitted from earlier corrosion.

Notes

History note: Probably from the Tanjore armoury, broken up in 1860 (see documentation Elgood 2004)

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 85.8 cm
Overall Length: 96.5 cm
Weight: 840 g

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given by Taylor, Robert, MA

Dating

16th century
Circa 1500 CE - 1600 CE

Note

It is very close in form to the Royal Armouries sword no. XXVIS.266, formerly in the Rotunda collection (1906: 157, no. XVII.92, though painted 17/91) given by John Hewitt.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 14
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.14-1879
Primary reference Number: 158318
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 1 October 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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