Object Title

Sword - British 'Land Transport Corps Sword'. Royal Armouries Type LTC

Sword - British 'Land Transport Corps Sword'. Royal Armouries Type LTC



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 nicks in half nearest tip.


Mass manufacture



SwordBlade length569 mm
SwordBlade width34 mm
SwordHilt width100 mm
SwordTotal length715 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On cross-guard, inside the hand, in centre, stamped: '3' over '54'. On underside of cross-guard, inside the hand: three punched dots. On blade, on inside , on ricasso, stamped: crown over '16'.



For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provavnences and for other examples in the Royal possible provenances Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.