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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 at blade tip.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 721 mm (28 3/8 in), blade length: 568 mm (22 3/8 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, engraved: V / C.P.A. 1c / 3 (to be read with the blade tip pointing down) (the V/CPA probably for the Cinque Ports Volunteer Artillery).On blade, on inside (CHECK), on ricasso, stamped: crown over 16 (CHECK?) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside (CHECK), on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).


Bibliographic References

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at p. 67.


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 different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
See entry for IX.1226, another sword of the same pattern which is also marked V/CPA, (under Notes) for information on the Cinque Port Volunteer Artillery generally and for other swords with the same marking.