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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9H, 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 3 - egg-shaped pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6801.
Hole drilled through inside of shell; rear quillon slightly out of alignment.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 778 mm (30 9/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 638 mm (25 1/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 32 mm (1.25 in.) Weight: 865 g (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over '3'.On spine of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL' (small).


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.