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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: lacks rear quillon; outside shell drilled through, near edge; grip lacks wire binding and leather covering; blade has ricasso; very extreme blade tip bent inwards; hilt slightly loose on blade;


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 838 mm (33 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 692 mm (27.25 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 36 mm (1.4 (or approx. 1 3/8) in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on outside, struck(?): three transverse lines.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end, by pommel, on underside, struck(?): three transverse lines.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 19.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: I.G[ILL] (I. Gill).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: H in italic script (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 2 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Gill, see entry for IX.257, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an H (in italic script) on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX.1528 and IX.6779. The X-ray also showed notches on the tang - 2 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).