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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: grip lacks wire binding but retains leather covering; manufacture weld visible on blade; blade tip missing; hilt loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 880 mm (34.6 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 730 mm (28.75 in.), Blade width, by hilt: mm (in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, at base of pommel and on edge of ferrule (end nearest blade), struck(?): four edge cuts, possibly assembly marks.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on lobe by pommel, stamped: possible mark - 2 small characters (illegible).On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): four lines (possibly a Roman VII).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2 (incomplete).On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: [D]EA[KIN] (Deakin ?; almost rubbed away; might be remains of Woolley & Deakin but no sign of Woolley).On blade, on tang, a notch: 1 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 various firms that incorporated the name of Woolley, 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 a notch on the tang: 1 on the forward edge (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).