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Collection Weapons, Edged weapons
User collections Stories from the sea by rboley
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleManufacturer: Woolley & Deakin

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Object ID WPN1502
Description Grenadiers and light infantry sword. The hilt consists of a gilt knuckle-bow widening to form a solid badge of crown above foul anchor within a laurel wreath. It then joins a shell formed of three bars, of which the two side ones are each joined to the central one by short curved pieces of gilt metal (three either side). There is a lion's-head pommel, the mane extending one-third of the length of the faceted back-piece. The ivory grip has sixteen shallow horizontal grooves to imitate binding and improve grip, it swells outwards towards the guard. The gilt ferrule has a horizontal line top and bottom. A ring for a swordknot is attached to the top of the guard close to its junction with the pommel. The blade is very curved, flat-backed and with a broad, shallow fuller running to within 184mm of the point. Inscribed on the spine of the blade in cursive script is 'WOOLLEY & DEAKIN'S IMPROV'D STEEL'. The obverse is engraved with a line of scrolls and floral and leaf scrolls, mounted horseman, right arm raised above his head brandishing curved sword, floral cypher 'GR' below crown, lion's-head, looking out from the blade, and a circle of leaves forming a single plant at apex. On the reverse is a line of scrolls and floral decoration, trophy of fasces (quivers?) crossed with curved sword, a pike supporting headgear of some kind (Turkish bonnet, cap of liberty?), Royal arms and supporters, riband below bearing motto 'DIEU ET MON DROIT', crown, pavilion extending into plant, floral circle and plant. The firm Woolley & Deakin were in Birmingham, and under this name 1800-03. In 1808 they became Woolley, Deakin and Dutton. It is thought that this type of sword was carried by officers of the Royal Marines, rather than officers of the Royal Navy. See W.E. May and P.G.W. Annis, 'Swords for Sea Service' (London: H.M.S.O., 1970).
Date made circa 1803

Artist/Maker Woolley & Deakin
Place made Birmingham, England
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials ivory; steel; gilt
Measurements Blade: 819 x 38 mm
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