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Old Tower Collections; 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 broken off; outside shell drilled with a hole, near edge; inside shell bent up towards pommel; wire binding and leather covering of grip lacking; gape between top of blade and hilt (where inside of 'buff-piece' would have been sandwiched; vice marks on blade, on both faces by back, near hilt; blade cvered in aluminium paint 100 mm at base of blade stripped in May 2003 to enable marks to be read; blade loose on hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 872 (34 1/16 in.) Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 716 mm (28 3/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 31 mm (1.22 or approx. 1 3/16 in.),, Overall length: in., Blade length: 28 1/4 in., Blade width: 1 3/8 in. Weight: 795 g (1 lb 12 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: broad arrow over BO; crown over 1 (poorly cut or damaged punch).On blade, on tang: an illegible mark (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 part of an illegible mark on the tang (mostly obscured by the ferrule; see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).