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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: hilt slghtly loose on blade; grip lacks wire binding and leather covering; edge of outside of shell-guard grip drilled; vice markss on blade, near hilt and near back of blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 863 mm (34 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 712 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: mm (in.) Weight: 770 g. (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell guard, on outside, on side facing blade, engraved: E.N.L.M. over I over 2 (for East N------ Local Militia ?).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO (the B missing).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: OSBORN / [& G]UNBY.On blade, on tang, probably stamped, possibly composite of 2 strokes: X (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 Osborn(e) & Gunby, see entry for IX.245, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an X on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tang of IX.1853 (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).