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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 in outside shell-guard, near edge; vice marks at root of knuckle-guard and on lobe at end; wire binding to grip missing, leather covering probably remains; hilt loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 855 mm (33 5/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 707 mm (27 7/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 34mm (1.32 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 805 g (1 lb 12 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell, at front, flanking central rib, stamped: E 2 (2).On hilt, on inside shell-guard,m facing pommel, lightly scratched: 78-505 (a RMA Sandhurst number).On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): three lines (possibly forming a Roman VI).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch.On blade, on back, near hilt,, stamped: OSBO[RN(E)] & GUNBY (Osborn(e) & Gunby, the Osborne faint).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: 2 upper case letters - W and a second illegible letter (visible on X-ray - see Notes).On blade, on tang, notches: 3 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 Osborn(e) & Gunby, see entry for IX.245, under Notes.
The Typed Inventory says the knuckle-guard is marked inside the hand O, but I couldn't find this (PJL, Nov. 1991).
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed 2 upper case letters on the tang- W and a second illegible letter (partly obscurred by the ferrule) on the tang (compare marks on tangs of IX.6775, IX.6776); and also notches on the tang - 3 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).