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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned on return from loan to Junior Leaders Regiment, R.C.T., R.A.O.C., Colerne, Nr Chippenham, Wilts (Loan L204), c. Feb./ March 1989.

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: a few minor cut marks to hilt; small hole punched in edge of rear quillon; blade tang a little untidy; blade chromium plated; a few nicks to cuting edge of blade; blade tip blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 715 mm (28 3/16 in.), Blade length: 570 mm (22 7/16 in.) Weight: 885 g (1 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 22 (small, damaged stamp, sometimes read as 32 - see Notes) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (probably originally poorly struck; only the top and bottom now visible below chromium plating) (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.
For the crown over 22 mark (the small size of which is sometimes read as 32) and for the different sizes of this mark see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.