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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned May 1985 when on loan to the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (Loan L154).

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. Curved or slightly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part of its length.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: dents (from hammer?) on back of pommel; inside of shell-guard drilled through, near edge; wire binding to grip missing, possibly also leather covering; manufacture welds visible on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 863 mm (34 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 720 mm (28 5/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 31 mm (1.23 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 760 g. (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on grip, painted: 78-596 (probably a RMA Sandhurst number).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2 (incompletely struck).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: HADLEY (the H and A conjoined). On blade, on tang, probably stamped: I or 1 (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 3 on forward edge; 1 on rear edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Hadley, see entry for IX.263, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed I or 1 on the tang, and notches on the tang - 3 on the forward edge and 1 on the rear edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).