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Probably Tower Arsenal. First accessioned when found on loan to Intelligence & Security Group (Volunteers) (Loan L53), Spring 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: lacquered; three cut marks to outside of pommel; dent to inside of grip.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade length: 567 mm (22 5/16 in.) Weight: 915 (2 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on cross, on outside: stamped: 59.On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 16 (small) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (probably originally incompletely struck; top part missing or obscured by lacquer) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).



For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.