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First registered on return from loan to South African Cultural History Museum (their no. L65/864), Cape Town, South Africa, Loan No.L184, on 16/07/1991.

Physical Description

Three-bar brass hilt comprising back-piece, with single step made in one with rounded pommel, with a moulding around its base; knuckle-guard pegs into pommel, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand; on the inside a loop-guard joins the knuckle-guard and the root of the rear quillon, the latter with drop finial curved towards the blade. Ribbed, leather covered wooden grip, bound with wire twist, with ferrule towards the blade. Long, slim, curved, single-edged blade, with short ricasso, and shallow central fuller for five sixths of its length.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: leather covering and wire binding of grip missing; wood of grip has splits. Extreme tip of blade bent.

Inscriptions and Marks

On the outside of the ricasso, stamped, in italic script: 'P.D.L.' (Possibly for P.D. Luneschloss of Solingen).


Places Germany


The blade at least, and probably the hilt, are of German manufacture, but significant quantities of this 'pattern' remain from the Old Tower Collections, suggesting they may have been issued to British units. For the firm of P.D. Luneschloss & Companie, which supplied the governments of Britain, France, Belgium, Holland, and the U.S.A., see J. Walter, 'The Sword and Bayonet Makers of Imperial Germany, 1871-1918', Brighton, 1973, No.114. A 'P.D.L.' mark is given, but in Roman script and contained within an oval. The italic script mark on this pattern may probably therefore date to before 1871.