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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; nick in forward edge near tip.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 715 mm (28 1/8 in.), Blade length: 569 mm (22 7/16 in.) Weight: 975 g (2 lb 1 3/4 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on cross, on inside, stamped: 33.On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '2? (incompletely struck; probably part of 22, small size, struck with a damaged stamp, sometimes read as 32 - see Notes) (an inspection mark).


Bibliographic References

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at p. 64 (mention only).


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 crown over 22 mark (the smaller size of which is sometimes read as 32) and for the different sizes of this mark see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.