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Presumed Tower arsenal. Found on loan to 257 (Southern) General Hospital RAMC (V) (Loan L214), 15/11/1990.

Physical Description

Later issued to Army Hospital Corps privates.
Hilt General Type Description: Brass stirrup-guard, one end flattened to form a terminal plate to the grip in place of a pommel; a loop-guard to the outside of the hand; and a rear quillon with a disc-finial inclined towards the blade. Ribbed, cast iron grip, shaped to the hand and painted black ('lacquered'). Curved or slightly curved blade.

Blade - Type F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: black paint of grip mostly worn off; buff piece missing except for tiny pieces lodged in gaps at start of tang; very minor nick to blade about two thirds of way along cutting edge.


Dimensions: Overall length: 804 mm (31 5/8 in.), Blade length: 691 mm (27 1/4 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.25 in.) Weight: 815 g. (1 lb. 13 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On guard, near root of knuckle-guard six nicks to inside edge (look deliberately made).On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: broad arrow (VTR also mentions an illegible mark which I could not see - PJL).


Places Britain


For this pattern of sword generally, including a description of the various blade types and the evidence for dating, see entry for IX.536 (under Notes).