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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned 5 December 1989 following return from loan to Dover Castle (Loan L7).

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: grip lacks wire binding, leather covering may remain; blade has short ricasso; remains of leather 'buff-piece' just visible, trapped between blade and hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 865 mm (34 1/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 715 mm (28 3/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 36 mm (1.40 or approx. 1 3/8 in.) Weight: 770 g (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell-guard, facing blade, stamped: outside: L; inside 2 and L On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): two lines, separate but angled in V-formation. On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 19.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: 59.


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.