Saber and Scabbard

Object Number: 
1904.4ab
Date: 
1780-1830
Medium: 
Steel, wood, leather; steel
Dimensions: 
Overall: 39 x 6 x 1 in. ( 99.1 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm )
Marks: 
stamped: on back of blade: "OSBORN & GUNBY" stamped: on throat of scabbard (reverse side): "OSBORN / & / GUNBY / BIRM'M"
Description: 
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.
Gallery Label: 
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."
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Olivia Hayes
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group