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Old Tower collection; probably Towerr s1 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: quillon missing; inside of shell drilled through through, near edge; wire binding to grip and leather covering missing; blade slightly loose on hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 877 mm (34 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 734 mm (28 7/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.26 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 760 g. (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): three lines (possibly for a Roman III).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2; addorsed Rs (probably - the tops are missing).On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: WOOLLEY (the W incompletely struck).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: a small triangle.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: P (visible on X-ray - see Notes). On blade, on tang, notches: 2 on forward 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 various firms that incorporated the name of Woolley, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
An X-ray by Dr David Starley in July 2003 (Job Code: AM 1828) showed a letter P on the tang. The tang of IX.7802 is also stamped P, though the character is larger and composed of thinner lines. The X-ray also showed notches on the tang - 2 on the forward edge (see copy of report on inv. file).