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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: inside shell drilled through, near edge; cracks to outside shell-guard, to the forward and rear, both apparenly repaired with brasing; vice marks on lobe at end of knuckle-guard, by pommel; quillon inclined slightly to inside; manufacture weld visible in blade, a little further up than typical position; several minor nicks to blade cutting edge; hilt slightly loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 883 mm (34.75 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 730 mm (28.75 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 33 mm (1.23 (or approx. 1 1/4) in.) Weight: g. (1 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: T. CRAVEN; crown over 2.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.
For general information on the maker Craven, see entry for IX.272, 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 edg (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).