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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by the Valuation Team when on loan to the Black Watch Museum, Perth (loan L34), 14 September 1989.

Physical Description

General Type Description: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.

Variations, losses, damage etc:
Pommel Type 1 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
The top of a wedge is visible in the gap between the hilt and tang, at the base of the blade proper, on the outside; manufacture weld visible on blade, towards base; what is probably the remains of the leather 'buff-piece' remains trpped between the base of the blade and the hilt, at the back; in the equivalent position at the front.


Dimensions: Overall length: 775 mm (30 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 634 mm (24 15/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 30 mm (1.2 in.), Max. depth of hilt (for packing only): 120 mm Weight: 825 g (1 lb 13 oz).

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 8 (see Notes).


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
Only one other sword of this 'pattern' has so far been found with the crowned 8 inspection mark (IX.6800). It has also been found on one Type 42 (IX.6777). There is no gap between the top of the 8 and the base of the crown and it appears from this and the consistent proportions of the upper and lower pats of the figure 8 that the marks on IX.6800 and IX.6777 were probably made with the same punch (the latter has a better and more complete impression of the punch.