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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.
Hilt loose on blade; hole drilled through grip; blade lacquered.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 764 mm (30 1/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 626 mm (24 5/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: 31 mm (1.2 or approx. 1 3/16 in.) Weight: 695 g (1 lb 8 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on shell, on front, towards blade, engraved: 4.On blade, on outside, at extreme base, stamped: a possible crown, possibly with a number below obscured by lacquer (or possibly not a crown but a number 5).


Places Britain


For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.