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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 removed or broken off; hole drilled through outside shell, near edge; blade covered in aluminium paint.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 854 mm (33 5/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 37 mm (1.47 or approx. 1 1/2 in.) Weight: 770 g (1 lb 11 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on knuckle-guard, on outside, struck(?): four transverse lines.On hilt, on knuckle-guard, at end by pommel, on underside, struck(?): X. On hilt, on inside shell-guard, facing blade, stamped: 'E 2' (the E overstamped with an illegible character.On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 19.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DAWES.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: ?TB (visible on X-ray - see Notes).


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For this pattern of hanger generally, see entry for IX.373, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed ?TB (the T less certain; mark partially obscurred by the ferrule) on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).