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Old Tower Collections; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9E, 1987.

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 wooden grip. Single-edged, slightly curved blade, with narrow fuller towards the back extending for three-quarters of its length.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: Rear quillon removed. Outer shell guard pierced, near edge; rear quillon broken off or removed (rough break); crack in knuckle-guard; grip wire gone; nicks to cutting edge of blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 853 mm (33 5/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 705 mm (27 3/4 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 33 mm (1.31 or approx. 1 5/16 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outer shell, on side facing pommel, engraved: 'B.3.LM'.On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On spine of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL'.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a cross formed of a square with 4 dots surrounding it. (visible on X-ray - see Notes). On blade, on tang, notches: 4 on forward edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Gill, see entry for IX.257, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed a cross formed of a square with four dots surrounding it on the tang; and also notches on the tang - 4 on the forward edge. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).