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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: lacks quillon (stump is neatly finished; blade has short ricasso; blade tip rounded off; blade slightly loose on hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 860 mm (33.9 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 715 mm (28.1 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 36 mm (1.4 (or approx. 1 3/8) in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell, facing blade, engraved: N= I over 2 (a line between).On hilt, on inside shell, facing pommel, stamped: 1.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2 (incompletely struck); right against hilt, punched: a dot.On blade, on tang: an illegible mark (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 2 on forward edge. (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, 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 wire grip binding, and notches on the tang, two on the forward edge; see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).