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sword

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1855,0326.72

  • Description

    Sword with a straight, double-edged, rapier blade with a single fuller and short ricasso. A fragmentary guard suggesting that it had spatulate quillons and a disc pommel. The object is heavily corroded with substantial losses and lamination.

  • Date

    • 16thC (Late, possibly.)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 906 millimetres (Overall length)
    • Length: 765 millimetres (Blade length)
    • Weight: 446 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    Object description by T.Richardson, Royal Armouries. November 2008.

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 April 1993

    Treatment proposal

    Light surface clean. Lacquer to improve (slightly darken) appearance. Secure loose guard.

    Condition

    Slight rust spots. Slightly flaky. Guard loose.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned mechanically using air-abrasive, aluminium oxide powder. Lacquered using 10% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer), applied using brush. Guard secured using HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate).

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1855

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1855,0326.72

  • Additional IDs

    • AL116/177 (Royal Armouries Number)

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Object reference number: MCN8210

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