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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by DJB when on loan to St Mawes Castle, Cornwall (English Heritage) (loan L144), February 1986.

Physical Description

Hilt probably British and blade either German or British.
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: extreme tip of blade rounded.


Dimensions: Overall length: 712 mm (28.0 in), blade length: 565 mm (22.25 in), blade width: 35 mm (1.4 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On underside of cross-guard, near edge and inside the blade: three punched dots.On blade, on inside, on ricasso (CHECK), stamped (CHECK): crown over '18' (the 8 uncertain) CHECK THIS - 16 is more likely (PJL).


Bibliographic References

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at p. 64 (mention only).


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 different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.