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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by Valuation Team, August 1992, when on loan to the The Armourers and Brasiers' Company, Armourers' Hall, 81 Coleman Street, London EC2R 5BJ (Loan L9).

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: some pitting to blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. *** mm (28 3/8 in.), Blade length: *** mm (22 3/8 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside (CHECK), on ricasso, stamped: crown over 22 (probably striuck with the damaged stamp (CHECK), sometimes read as 32 - see Notes) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside (CHECK), on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).



For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the crown over 22 mark (sometimes read as 32) - see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.