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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: hole drilled in outside shell, near edge; grip wire lacking except for a tiny piece at the blade end.


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 (34 1/2 in.), Blade length: mm (28 1/2 in.), Blade width, by hilt: mm (1 1/4 in.) Weight: g (1 lb 8 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On knuckle-guard, on inside, incised: four vertical lines (IIII).On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 19.On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow between [B]O (BO).On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: H[adley] 8 (the Hadley in italic script).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.