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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned when on display in the Mortar Room (White Tower), 1977 (no further information in the typed inventory).

Physical Description

Hilt - probably British; Blade - German, Solingen.
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: some cut marks to hilt; tang end untidy; some rusting to blade, especially on back; blade tip broken. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 707 mm (27 13/16 in.), Blade length: 559 mm (22 in.) Weight: 2 lb 1 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 16(?) (large - the second digit uncertain) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (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 different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.