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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned by the Valuation Team when found un-numbered on loan to the National Army Museum Loan L200), 19 January 1993.

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: inner part of shell-guard bent towards pommel to lie parallel with grip (no doubt done for display purposes); hole drilled in edge of inner half of shell-guard; three cuts on outer rim of shell, inside the hand; grip wire possibly replaced.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 886 mm (34 15/16 in.), Blade length, back edge b6y hilt to tip: 735 mm (28 15/16 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.24 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 835 g. (1 lb 13 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell-guard, on outside, on side facing pommel, stamped: BO above a broad arrow (the arrow partly removed by the drlled hole (see above).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: WOOLLEY / DEAKIN & Co.On blade, on back, near hilt, in white paint: 7205-7-28 (a National Army Museum loan number).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: an illegible mark of at least two characters, probably upper case letters (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 various firms that incorporated the name of Woolley, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
The National Army Museum record for this sword (made when it was on loan there) adds the number 18469. It is possible that this was an Imperial War Museum accession number which has since been cleaned off (needs checking with IWM) (PJL, June 2003).
An X-ray by Dr David Starley in July 2003 (Job Code: AM 1828) showed a mark on the tang of at least two characters (probably upper case letters) but it was illegible due to high X-ray opacity of the surrounding wire-bound grip (see copy of report on inv. file). This image was also included in the report on Job Code AM 1832 (see copy on inv. file for IX.373).