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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.
Guard lose on blade and peg at end of knuckle-guard has come out of hole in pommel; hole drilled through blade near hilt; crack in cutting edge of blade near hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 765 mm (30 1/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 624 mm (24 5/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 35 mm (1.4 in.) Weight: 815 g (1 lb 12 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown with top of an illegible number below (poorly struck)On spine of blade: 'I.GILL' (faint).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For information on the maker Gill, see entry for IX.257, Under Notes.