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Presumed Tower arsenal. First registered on return from long term loan to English Heritage (at Dartmouth Castle - Loan L13), 12 April 1989.

Physical Description

Later issued to Army Hospital Corps privates.
Hilt General Type Description: Brass stirrup-guard, one end flattened to form a terminal plate to the grip in place of a pommel; a loop-guard to the outside of the hand; and a rear quillon with a disc-finial inclined towards the blade. Ribbed, cast iron grip, shaped to the hand and painted black ('lacquered'). Curved or slightly curved blade.

Blade - Type F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: Buff piece present; hole in knuckle-guard (forward quillon) for display mounting; incisions or cuts to knuckle-guard just beyond angle; extensive losses to paint on grip; bad rust pitting to inside of blade and mark outside, appprox. 50 mm (2 in.) from hilt, probably from bracket.


Dimensions: Overall length: 791 mm (311 1/8 in.), Blade length: 678 mm (26 11/16 in.), Blade width, by buff piece: 32 mm (11.25 in.) Weight: 820 g. (11 lb. 13 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso: broad arrow.On blade, on outside, on ricasso: 'S' (probably an incomplete striking of S.S (SS)).


Places Britain


For this pattern of sword generally, including a description of the various blade types and the evidence for dating, see entry for IX.536 (under Notes).