Sword and scabbard

Object Number: 
X.134ab
Date: 
1787
Medium: 
Steel, wood, leather
Dimensions: 
Part (sword): 41 3/8 x 5 x 1 1/4 in. (105.1 x 12.7 x 3.2 cm) Part (scabbard): 36 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/8 in. (92.7 x 7.6 x 2.9
Marks: 
stamped: on back of blade: "WOOLLEY BIRM'M 1787"
Description: 
Sword with curved, single-edged steel blade with two fullers, a broad one that extends the full length of the blade and a narrow one that extends from hilt to within 8 1/2 inches of point; steel (iron?) stirrup hilt with flat pommel with backstrap, quillon with cylindrical finial, and narrow langets and ears of equal length on either side; wooden grip with carved ridges covered in leather; steel scabbard with a leather panel on obverse and reverse between two carrying rings.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is similar to one identified as a British light cavalry saber in Peterson's "Arms and Armor in Colonial America, 1526-1783" (p. 258), except that our example has a curved blade and the illustrated sword has a blade that is straight.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group