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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.
Both loop-guards bent in towards grip and outer loop-guard broken at root; end of knuckle-guard pushed toward inside; blade painted; extensive nicks to blade cutting edge; leather 'buff-piece' present; blade slightly loose on hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 758 mm (29 3/4 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 621 mm (24 7/16 in.), Blade width, at buff-piece: 34 mm (1.34 or approx. 1 5/16 in.) Weight: 825 g (1 lb 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On outside of blade, near hilt, stamped: crown over and illegible number.On back of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'I.GILL' (larger punch).(Other mark(s) on blade may be hidden by paint.)


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.