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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; lobe at end of knuckle-guard (by pommel) is pierced; shell-guard drilled through near quillon. This example has a plain collar at the base of the grip (all cast in one with the pommel) to imitate a ferrul (this only occurs on some Type 5 pommels).


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 690 mm (27.15 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 554 mm (21.75 in.) Weight: 1 lb 12 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell-guard, on inside, at rear, facing pommel, stamped: '13'.On blade, on outside, 23 mm from hilt, stamped: crown over '19'.


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