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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by the Valuation Team when found on loan to Intelligence & Security Group (Volunteers), Ashford House, Handel Street, London WC1N 1NP (Loan L53), Spring 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass hilt comprising oval pommel on a stand and with a prominent tang-button, D-shaped knuckle-guard which spreads to form a heart-shaped stool around the blade, and very short rear quillon with drop-finial inclined towards the blade. Wire-bound grip. Single-edged, slightly curved blade, with narrow fuller towards the back extending for three-quarters of its length.
Variations, losses, damage, etc: hole drilled through inside shell-guard, near edge; grip binding in single-strand copper wire is probably a replacement; blade tip broken (first noted on return from loan, March 2001); blade covered in aluminium paint - 100 mm at base of blade stripped in May 2003 to enable marks to be read; leather 'buff-piece' remains.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 838 mm (33 in.), Blade length, from back edge at buff-piece to (broken) tip: 688 mm (27 in.), Blade width, at hilt: mm ( in.) Weight: 755 g (1 lb 10 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell-guard, in middle, facing pommel, stamped: Z (possibly N).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: 1; Z (possibly N); crown over 2 (crown incommplete).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: 8 (?).On blade, on tang, notches: 1 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed a notch on the tang: one on the forward edge (no other marks visible; copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).