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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 or Type 2 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, faintly moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787. The mouldings are faint on this example. Outer loop-guard broken but complete; rear quillon removed or broken off; pommel dented by end of knuckle-guard; blade tip broken off and bent slightly to outside.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 776 mm (30.6 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 639 mm (25.2 in.) Weight: 1 lb 14 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, inside, 7 mm from hilt, stamped: broad arrow over 'BO' (B very faint).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.