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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: rear quillon removed; hole drilled in outside of shell, at edge; wire binding to grip replaced in copper.


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. mm (33 3/4 in.), Blade length: mm (29 1/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: mm (1 1/4 in.) Weight: g ( lb oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside shell, on edge, incised: four vertical lines (IIII).On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on underside near end, incised: I.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: [W]OOLLEY (Woolley - top halves of letters only visible).


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.