Object Title

Sword - British Land Transport Corps Sword.

Sword - British Land Transport Corps Sword.



Object Number



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 a few very minor nicks.


Mass manufacture



SwordBlade length569 mm
SwordBlade width35 mm
SwordHilt width100 mm
SwordTotal length710 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On underside of cross-guard, outside the blade: one punched dot. On blade, on inside, on ricasso , stamped: crown over '10'; broad arrow over 'WD' .On blade, on outside, on ricasso (CHECK), stamped : a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).


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.