Steel, brass, ivory, gilding; leather, brass, gilding
Overall: 32 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 7/8 in. ( 82.6 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm )
engraved: on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "Read / Sword Cutler / Portsmouth"
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.
Gift of Dr. James Lawrence Pool and Mr. Beekman H. Pool
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.