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Presumably Old Tower Collections. First registered by Valuation Team when on loan to 257 (Southern) General Hospital RAMC (V), Duke of York's HQ, Kings Road Chelsea, London, Loan L214, 15/11/1990.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Long head, tapering gradually to a tip. The blade has a medial ridge leading into a conical neck. All these parts are metal, and attached by two equal langets to a stained wooden haft. On of the langets has three pierced studs for the attachment of a pennon. A red and white 'sallow-tailed' pennon is attached.
The wooden haft is of circular section, and is reinforced at the butt by a conical metal shoe. This is attached by a single short langet pinned by a single rivet.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: None.


Dimensions: Overall length: 2740 mm (108.5 in), length of langets: outer 550 mm (21.5 in) and inner 420 mm (16.5 in), length of head: 300 mm (12 in), length of shoe: 160 mm (6.5 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

GB stamped on socket. Also a crown over 'P' (B?) in same location.


Places Britain


For this pattern generally, see C. ffoulkes and E.C.Hopkinson, 'Sword, Lance and Bayonet', 2nd edn, London,1967, pp.103 (Fig.50, Nos 3, 4), 104-5.