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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 inside shell near edge; quillon inclined slightly to inside; grip wire (excpt for timy piece at end) and leather covering missing, wood has possible worm holes; extreme blade tip slightly rounded; hilt and blade lacquered.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 862 mm (33 7/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 712 mm (28 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.35 or approx. 1 3/8 in.) Weight: 725 g (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell guard, facing pommel, stamped: broad arrow over BO.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on inside, struck(?): five transverse lines.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped, crown over 1 (poorly cut ot damaged punch.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: DAWES.On blade, on tang: an uncertain mark, possibly RT (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 an uncertain mark on the tang, possibly RT (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).