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

Variations, losses, damage, etc: hilt loose on blade; inner shell-gurard cracked and inclined slightly towards pommel; grip wire and leather covering gone; grip wood cracked at end nearest blade. Identified with concentric corrosion, February 2005.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 857mm (33 3/4 in.), Blade length, back, by hilt to tip: 711 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 33 mm (1.3 or approx. 1 1/4 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On spine of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL'.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a grid of two by three rectangles (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 TD on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX.1508 and 7804. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).