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Old Tower collection; 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: outside shell drilled with a hole, near edge; vice marks on lobe of knuckle-guard, by pommel; grip lacks wire binding, leather covering probably remains.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 850 mm (34 1/2 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 705 mm (27 3/4 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 35 mm (1.36 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 785 g (1 lb 11 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inside of inner shell-guard of hilt, facing pommel, stamped: broad arrow over BO.On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On back of blade, near hilt, stamped: T.G[I]LL (T. Gill - very faint).On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a mark resemblng a sun (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 mark resembling a sun on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).