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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: hole drilled through outside shell guard, near edge, outside shell guard bent towards the pommel; wire binding and leather covering to grip missing; minor damage to blade cutting edge, in half nearest tip; hilt loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 843 mm (33 3/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 698 mm (27 1/2 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.27 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 730 g. (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside shell-guard, facing blade, stamped: two pairs of dots.On hilt, on inside shell-guard, facing blade, lightly engraved: B (rather crude).On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on inside, struck(?): five transverse lines.On blade, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): a single line.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: REDDELL & CO.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: 3 upper case letters (possibly BMY) (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 1 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Reddell, see entry for IX.256, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed 3 upper case lewtters on the tang (possibly BMY) on the tang; and also notches on the tang - 1 on the forward edge (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).