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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: hilt, especially quillons, somewhat cut about through use; rust patches on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 711 mm (28 in.), Blade length: 567 mm (22 5/16 in.) Weight: 2 lb 2 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over an illegible two-digit number, the first digit 1 (small - probably 16 or 19) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (faint and incompletely struck) (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 provanances 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.