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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; manufacture weld visible on blade ((inside only); mnor nicks to blade cutting edge; blade loose on hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 887 mm (34 3/4 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 732 mm (28 13/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 36 mm (1.42 or approx. 1 7/16 in.) Weight: 755 g. (1 lb 10 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on pommel, to rear, by knuckle-guard end, struck(?); XIII (reading vertically, the X hidden by the lobe at the end of the knuckle-guard). On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): XIII.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: [D]AWES (Dawes - topes of letters missing) with the top of one of Ms of BIRMM just visible below the S.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: ?RW or MB? (the R or B uncertain) (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 3 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed ?RW or MB? on the tang; and also notches on the tang - 3 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).