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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned in 1977 when on display in the Mortar Room (White Tower basement).

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: outside shell-guard drilled through, near edge; cracks in rim of inside shell-guard, to front and rear; grip lacks wire binding and leather covering; small hole and an incised line in outside of grip; manufacture weld in blade; blade is somewhat broader and more curved than average; blade loose on hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 864 mm (34 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 724 mm (28.5 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 37 mm (1.46 or approx. 1 1/2 in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard,at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): IIV.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on outside, struck(?): four incised lines.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2 (incompletely struck).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 and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, 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 the ferrule), and notches on the tang - 2 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).