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Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
1949.132ab
Date: 
ca. 1813
Medium: 
Steel, brass, ivory, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Dimensions: 
Overall: 32 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 82.6 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "Read / Sword Cutler / Portsmouth"
Description: 
Sword with straight, single-edged steel blade with full-length fuller and etched designs on obverse and reverse; gilded brass stirrup hilt with a shield-shaped langet decorated with a fouled anchor in relief on either side, quillon with flattened ball finial, and knuckle-bow with ring attached near juncture with pommel; carved ivory grip with cross-hatching and grooves wrapped with braided and twisted wire; lion's head pommel with backstrap extending to ferrule at base of grip; leather scabbard with gilded brass mounts decorated with engraved leaf garlands in openwork cable pattern; throat and middle band each with one carrying ring; tip with rudimentary drag.
Gallery Label: 
In 1908, Captain Charles Hunt-Helmsley was in possession of three swords that originally belonged to Sir Provo William Parry Wallis, a British hero of the War of 1812. One was presented to Wallis by Sir Philip Broke, Captain of HMS "Shannon" (1949.130ab), and another was presented by a relative (1949.131ab). This sword, which bears no inscription to Wallis, is apparently the third.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. James Lawrence Pool and Mr. Beekman H. Pool
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group