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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: hole drilled through outside shell near edge; knuckle-guard bent to outside; grip lacks wire binding, leather covering remains; hilt and blade lacquered; blade loose on hilt; hilt loose on blade; weld mark visible on outside of blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 882 mm (34 3/4 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 738 mm (29 1/6 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.26 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 705 g (1 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on inside, struck(?): six transverse lines (on faint).On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): two lines, separate but disposed in V formation.On hilt, on pommel, to rear, by junction with knuckle-guard: two lines, separate but disposed in V formation.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: CRAVE[N] (Craven - the C and E incomplete); crown over 1.On blade, on tang, notches: 1 on rear 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 maker Craven, see entry for IX.272, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed notches on the tang: 1 on the rear edge (no other marks visible; see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).