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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by DJB when on loan to Pendennis Castle (English Heritage), Feb. 1986.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: blade edge has several nicks, some deep; extreme blade tip rounded off.


Dimensions: Overall length: 710 mm (28.0 in), blade length: 565 mm (22.2 in), blade width: 34 mm (1.35 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On underside of cross-guard, outside the hand: two punched dots.On inside of blade: crown over '38' (the 3 upside down) [DOUBTFUL - SEE NOTES]; broad arrow over 'WD'.On outside of blade: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).


Bibliographic References

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at pp. 64, 66 (mention only).


For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
NOTE ON MARKS: the crown over 38 seems unlikely as not other occurrences of this mark have so far been noted on the Land Transport Corps swords. It may be crown over 22 and should be CHECKED.