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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 possibly leather covering; inside shell-guard drilled through, near edge; manufacture weld visible on blade; extreme blade tip slightly blunted and turned very slightly to inside; hilt loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 858 mm (33.15 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 711 mm (28 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.28 (orr approx. 1 1/4) in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO, overstamped on T.CRAVEN; (seprately) crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).


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 Craven, see entry for IX.272, under Notes.
The grip area was X-rayed by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) to see if there was any indication of marks on the tang but nothing was found (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).