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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 may remain; blade has short ricasso; blade painted with aluminium paint - 100 mm at base of blade stripped in May 2003 to enable marks to be read; hilt very slightly loose on blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 860 mm (33 7/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 710 mm (28 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 34 mm (1.34 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 750 g (1 lb 10 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: OSBORN & GUNBY.


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Osborn(e) & Gunby, see entry for IX.245, under Notes.
The grip area was X-rayed by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) to see if there was any indication of marks on the tang but nothing was found (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).