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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. Firt 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: Inside shell drilled with a hole, near edge; outside shell very slightly inclined towards pommel and cracked; vice marks on lobe of knuckle-guard, by pommel; lacking grip wire binding, leather probably remains; hilt sightly loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 865 mm (34 1/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 724 mm (28 1/2 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 35 mm (1.36 or approx. 1 3/8 in.) Weight: 790 g (1 lb 7 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knucke-guard, on outside, struck(?): six transverse lines.On outside of blade, near hilt, stampd: crown over an illegible character.On back of blade, near hilt, stamped: C - apparently the remains of a larger character (possibly 8 or similar).On blade, on tang, notches: 3 on forward edge; 2 on rear edge (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed notches on the tang: 3 on the forward edge and 2 on the rear edge (no other marks visible; see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).