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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9F, 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; outside shell drilled with a hole, near edge; wire binding to grip gone, leather covering apparently remains; small part of leather 'buff-piece' remains; hilt sightly loose on blade; blade painted with aluminium paint - 100 mm at base of blade stripped in May 2003 to enable marks to be read.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 864 mm (34 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 714 mm (28 1/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.27 or approx. 1 1/4 in.) Weight: 720 g (1 lb 9 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: remains of an illegible maker's name.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: T.D (TD) (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 T.'D on the tang. The same or a similar mark occurs also on the tangs of IX.1352, 3587 and 6785 (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).