Object Title

Sword - 'Land Transport Corps' sword. Royal Armouries Type LTC.

Sword - 'Land Transport Corps' sword. Royal Armouries Type LTC.



Object Number



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

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: blade edge has a few nicks, one quite deep.


SwordBlade length568 mm
SwordBlade width35 mm
SwordHilt width100 mm
SwordTotal length710 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

On underside of cross-guard, inside the hand: two punched dots. On inside of blade, on ricasso: crown over '19'. On outside of blade, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).

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. 67 (re. marks).


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.