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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: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.

Variations, losses, damage etc:
Pommel Type 1 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
Rear quillon removed or broken; inside of shell-guard drilled; blade tip broken off.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 768 mm (30.25 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 624 mm (24.6 in.) Weight: 1 lb 14 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, 29 mm from hilt, stamped: crown over '3'.On blade, on back, 8 mm from hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL'.


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For information on the maker Gill, see entry for IX.257, Under Notes.