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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered in Brick Tower Store, Rack 9J, 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.
Rear quillon removed; hole drilled through inside of shell-guard; outer loop-guard broken at root; blade lacquered (at least on inside); blade tip ground off


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 770 mm (30 3/16 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 632 mm (24 7/8 in.), Blade width, at hilt: mm ( in.) Weight: 850 g (1 lb 14 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On spine of blade, near hilt, stamped: 'GILL'.(Further marks may be obscured by rist and lacquer and grime.)


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.