Saber and Scabbard
Steel, wood, leather; steel
Overall: 39 x 6 x 1 in. ( 99.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm )
stamped: on back of blade: "OSBORN & GUNBY" stamped: on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "OSBORN / & / GUNBY / BIRM'M"
Sword with a broad, curved, single-edged steel blade with one wide fuller extending to within 6 inches of point; steel (or iron?) stirrup hilt with reverse P-type knuckle-bow pierced with slot for sword knot, quillon with disk finial, and plain shield-shaped langets that extend over the surface of the blade on either side; leather-covered wooden grip with ridges; bird's head pommel with backstrap that extends to ferrule at base of grip; steel scabbard with two carrying rings and drag.
According to the accession records, this sword, there described as a "dragoon saber of German type," belonged to George Harrison of Church Hill, County Monaghan, Ireland. Harrison is said to have served under Lord Blayney "as yeomanry."
Gift of Mrs. Olivia Hayes
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.