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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned in Brick Tower Store, Rack 11E, 1987.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: hole drilled through rear quillon terminal; tang end very pitted; blade painted with allumunium paint.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 718 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade length: 571 mm (22 1/2 in.) Weight: 950 g (2 lb 1 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'A' (small).On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'A' (small) and '3' (larger).On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '1?' (small; the second digit is illegible; it was probably 6 ot 9, i.e. it originally read 16 or 19)


Bibliographic References

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at p. 67 (re. mark only).


For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, and for the other crowned inspection marks, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.