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Part of the Seymour Collection, acquired April 1987. At least some of the items apparently acquired from Wilkinson's (sword manufacturers). For further details see file and Inv. sheet before IX.3154.

Physical Description

The gauge consists of two parts. (i) A rectangular steel plate, with rounded corners; a V-notch in each of the long sides, towards one end; and a square hole in the centre, with a small round hole at each corner. Stamped on one face is: 'FOIL' , and 'MKV' (twice). (ii) A square-sectioned rod with one flat end, and one slightly pointed end, just below which each corner is notched. The rod is stamped on one side: 'FOIL' and 'MKV', and on another side: 'MKV' and with a mark comprising two crescent moons facing each other. The plate and the rod were originally joined by wire (now broken) bearing two lead seals, each intended to be stamped with a word, originally intended to be 'PORTS', over a broad-arrow. Attached to the wire is a cream linen label, printed in red and with black ink writing. The text includes: 'Admiralty Standard Pattern'; 'Gauge for foils MKV and blades for'; the ref. no. '18676/33/1838[3]; the date '27-11-1933'; (on the back) 'Selected by' and a signature - (?)W.A.Court, with a stamp 'SURVEYOR OF STORES PORTSMOUTH YARD 29 JAN [19]34'.


Dimensions: Plate: 55 mm (2.2 in) by 41 mm (1.6 in), rod length: 59 mm (2.35 in)

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IX.3222-IX.3226 are similar, IX.3222 being a 'duplicate' pattern for the Foil MK V.