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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 1N (Loan L53), at 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; grip wire missing, leather covering may remain (uncertain); hilt and blade lacquered.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 885 mm (34 13/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 734 mm (28 7/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.27 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 750 g (1 lb 10 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell-guard, on edge, struck(?): four lines.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO; crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: HADLEY (the H & A conjoined).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Hadley, see entry for IX.263, under Notes.
The grip area was X-rayed by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) to see if there was any indication of marks on the tang but nothing was found (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).