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Old Tower Collection; probably Tower Arsenal. Probably first accessioned on return from loan to the King's Own Regiment, Lancaster, January 1972

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass hilt comprising oval pommel, and with a prominent tang-button, D-shaped guard which spreads to form a heart-shaped stool around the blade, and very short rear quillon with drop-finial inclined towards the blade. Wire-bound grip. Curved or slightly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part of its length.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: grip wire of fine wire twist, probably a replacement; blade very polished.


Dimensions: Overall length: 870 mm (34 1/8 in.); blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 720 mm (28 3/8 in.); Blade width, by hilt: 37 mm (1.43 or approx. 1 3/8 in.) Weight: 735 g. (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO; crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DA[W]ES (Dawes - the A and S incomplete).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.