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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 and leather covering; manufacture weld visible in blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 844 mm (33.25 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 701 mm (27.55 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 34 mm (1.35 (or approx. 1 3/8) in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: OSBORN & GUNBY.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: two letters, apparently conjoined, possibly WN (visible on X-ray - see Notes).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 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 a mark on the tang, possibly WN, and notches on the tang - XX on the forward edge and XX on the rear edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).