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

Physical Description

Fire damaged.
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.
Fire-damaged - hilt discoloured; knuckle-guard and shell assembly slightly loose, blade blackened and furthest half curved out of alignment.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 793 mm (31 3/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 645 mm (25 5/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 35 mm (1.37 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 870 g (1 lb 14 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 2.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DAWES / BIRMM


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.