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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: Rear quillon removed; wire binding to grip very loose


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 878 mm (34 7/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 724 mm (28 1/2 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.35 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 755 g (1 lb 10 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inner shell guard, facing blade, engraved: B over EKM over 2.On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO, and crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On inside of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'HADLEY'.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: WB or WH (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 Hadley, see entry for IX.263, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed WB or WH on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX. 6776 and 8023. (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).