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Sword, scabbard and belt

Object Number: 
1941.1159a-c
Date: 
ca. 1812
Medium: 
Steel, brass, wood, leather; steel; leather, brass, other metal
Dimensions: 
without belt: 39 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 1 1/8 in. ( 99.7 x 14.6 x 2.9 cm )
Description: 
Sword with slightly curved, single-edged steel blade with three-quarter length fuller; brass stirrup hilt with strap-like, reverse P-type knuckle-bow with molded ornament at center and scroll device at lower end; narrow counter-guard with shield-shaped langet molded with emblem including crossed swords on obverse side, and plain shield-shaped langet on the reverse; curved quillon with lion's head finial; wooden grip covered in leather and wrapped with braided wire; lion's head pommel with backstrap extending to ferrule at base of grip; steel scabbard with two carrying rings and asymmetrical drag; white leather waist belt with slings attached to carrying rings on scabbard; circular belt buckle with crown surmounted by lion in profile in applied metal surrounded by inscription, "ARMY PAY DEPARTMENT," and metal extensions molded with oak leaf and acorn motifs at either side.
Gallery Label: 
This sword is described as a "dragoon type" English Army saber in the accession records.
Credit Line: 
Gift of John Ward Dunsmore
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group