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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 5 - small, globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6813. Pommel tang-button is unusually tall; loop-guards bent in towards pommel; blade drilled at forte; nick in blade edge, half way down; manufacture weld visible near base of blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 792 mm (31.2 in), blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 653 mm (25.7 in) Weight: 1 lb 13 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on back, 25 mm from hilt, stamped: 'BATE'.(no other visible marks.)


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Bate, see entry for IX.274, under Notes.