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Sword: O.85-1879

Object information


Unknown (Maker)


The steel blade is single edged and forward curved with a flat back and a short section of ricasso. It is stamped XXX in imitation of European bladesmiths’ marks. The hilt is plain, of iron with short quillons ending in rounded terminals, long langets with large lotus bud terminals, a baluster-shaped grip, broad, flat dish pommel with a chrysanthemum flower washer, medial dome and a pierced finial. Attached to the lower quillon is a well-curved knucklebow with a stylised lion head finial. The blade is nicked and patinated, and the whole is polished bright. The blade is loose in the hilt.

Legal notes

Given by Robert Taylor, MA

Measurements and weight

Blade Length: 78 cm
Overall Length: 90 cm
Weight: 910 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


18th century
Circa 1700 CE - 1800 CE


Taylor describes as ‘sword with edge on the concave side’.

Components of the work

Blade composed of steel

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: 85
  • Method of creation: Inscribed
  • Type: Tag

Inscription present: adhesive

  • Location: At the quillon block
  • Type: Label

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: O.85-1879
Primary reference Number: 158400
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 25 February 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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