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sword

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1854,0714.325

  • Description

    Sword, spadroon, with a straight, double-edged steel blade of hollow ground triangular-section, widening substantially to the hilt and the whole of the point section missing. The grip is also missing but the stirrup hilt remains. The piece is heavily corroded.

  • Date

    • 1800 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 530 millimetres (overall length)
    • Length: 405 millimetres (blade length)
    • Weight: 302 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    It is possible that the guard is from a 1796 pattern light cavalry sabre. Comment and object description by T.Richardson, Royal Armouries. November 2008.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1854

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1854,0714.325

  • Additional IDs

    • AL116/236 (Royal Armouries)
Sword, spadroon, with a straight, double-edged steel blade of hollow ground triangular-section, widening substantially to the hilt and the whole of the point section missing. The grip is also missing but the stirrup hilt remains. The piece is heavily corroded.

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