Object Title





Object Number



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: knuckle-guard slightly out of alignment; grip lacks wire binding and probably leather covering; vice marks on pommel, lobe at end of knuckle-guard, and base of blade; manufacture weld visible on blade; hilt slightly loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 870 mm (34.25 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 724 mm (28.5 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 37 mm (1.44 or approx. 1 7/16 in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside shell-guard, facing blade, stamped: 4 dots, arranged in a lozenge.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over B[O] (BO - faint).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DAWES / BIRMM (some letters partly obscured by a vice mark).On blade, on tang: an illegible mark (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, a notch: 1 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).



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 an illegible mark on the tang (obscured by the ferrule), and a notch on the tang - 1 on the forward edge (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).