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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by the Valuation Team when Found on loan to Inteligence & 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: holr drilled through outside shell, near edge; grip lacks wire binding and leather covering; blade and hilt lacquered; extreme blade tip blunted; hilt loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 889 mm (35 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 738 mm (29 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 30 mm (1.98 or approx. 1 1/8 in.) Weight: 785 g (1 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on outside, struck(?): three transverse lines.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): IIII (the last two disposed in V formation, so it could read IIV).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: WOOLLEY / DEAKIN & Co (some letters incomplete and faint).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: M* and an illegible character, possibly I or illegible caharater *M (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: two characters separated by a five-pointed star - M*? or ?*M (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 2 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the various firms that incorporated the name of Woolley, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
An X-ray by Dr David Starley in July 2003 (Job Code: AM 1828) showed M* and an incomplete character, possibly I or J (M*? or ?*M) (see copy of report on inv. file) (this image was also included in the report Job Code AM 1832 - see copy on inv. file for IX.373); and also notches on the tang - 2 on the forward edge (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).