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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; Sandhurst no. 78/546).

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 outer shell; vice marks on lobe at end of knuckle-guard; wire binding to grip is copper, single strand, and probably a replacement; blade more sharply curved than average?; blade tip bent slightly to inside.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 861 mm (33 7/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 714 mm (28 1/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 34 mm (1.32 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 855 g (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell-guard, on inside, facing blade, stamped(?), 2 over 2.On hilt, n knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): five lines.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: T.CRAVEN; crown over 2.On blade, on tang: an illegible mark (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 Craven, see entry for IX.272, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed an illegible mark on the tang (obscured by wire grip binding; see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).