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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; half grip wire lacking, the loose end secured by several turns of copper wire - leather covering probably remains; end of packing piece between blade tang and guard visible; hilt and blade lacquered.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 866 mm (34 116 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 712 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.36 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 850 g (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell-guard, facing pommel, stamped, broad arrow over BO.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch.On blade, on back, nerar hilt, stamped: I.GILL.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: S (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Gill, see entry for IX.257, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an S on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).