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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by Valuation Team when on loan to Scottish United Services Museum (their no. 1933-127), Edinburgh Castle (Loan L159), 23/03/1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass hilt comprising oval pommel on a stand and with a prominent tang-button, D-shaped knuckle-guard which spreads to form a heart-shaped stool around the blade, and very short rear quillon with drop-finial inclined towards the blade. Wire-bound grip. Curved or slightly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part of its length.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: vice marks on lobe at end of pommel; grip wire replaced with thin single-strand copper alloy wire; blade has short ricasso.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 854 mm 33 5/8 in., Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 706 mm (27 3/4 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 33 mm (1.30 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 775 g (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): XII. On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over '19'.On blade, on outside, on ricasso, n white paint or ink: 1933-127 (probably a borrower's number).On back of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'REDDELL'.On blade, on tang: an illegible mark (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 2 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Reddell, see entry for IX.256, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an illegible mark on the tang (obscured by wire grip binding); and also notches on the tang - 2 on the forward edge (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).