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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: wire binding to grip missing; no leather covering to wood.


Dimensions: RE-DO, Overall length: approx. mm ( in), blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: mm ( in), blade width, at hilt: mm ( in),, FROM IBE: Overall length: approx. 857 mm (33 3/4 in), blade length: 708 mm (27 7/8 in), blade width, by hilt: 31.7 mm (1 1/4 in)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside shell guard, facing the blade, engraved: E over 3, with a horizontal line between.On hilt - to be checked for dash marks.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: OSBORN & GUNBY.


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.