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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; very extreme blade tip blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 714 mm (28 1/8 in.), Blade length: 571 mm (22 1/2 in.) Weight: 985 g (2 lb 2 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 19 (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (incompletely struck so only left half is visible) (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.