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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9G, 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.

Variations, losses, damage etc:
Pommel Type 1 - flattened or slightly flattened globular pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
Knuckle-guard and shell assembly loose; grip and pommel assembly loose and jammed away from base of blade proper, tang evidently broken inside grip; both pieces mis-orintated with reference to the blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 785 mm (31 in), blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 626 mm (24 5/8 in), blade width, at hilt: 29 mm (1.15 in) Weight: 855 g (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On inside of blade: 'WOOLLEY / & D[EAKI]N'; a running fox (or wolf?) (incomplete impression) charged on the body with 'WOOLLE[Y]' (Woolley); broad arrow over 'BO'. On outside of blade: crown over '3'; 'BO' flanking a braod arrow;a running fox (or wolf?) (incomplete impression) charged on the body with 'WOOLL[EY]' (Woolley).



For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the various firms that incorporated the name of Woolley, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.