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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered on return from loan to Dept of Environment, Historic Monuments Branch, Calvert House, 23 Castle Place, Belfast BT1 1FY (Loan L105), 12 September 1991.

Physical Description

General Type Description: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.

Variations, losses, damage etc:
Pommel Type 1 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
Inside half of shell-guard drilled through; knuckle-guard is slightly mis-shapen; hilt loose on blade; inside of blade, near tip is extensively rust-pitted and tip is poorly defined.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 790 mm (31 1/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 640 mm (25 1/4 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.3 in.) Weight: 870 g (1 lb 14 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over '3'.On back of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'DAWES / BIRMM'.


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.