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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; blade painted with aluminium paint; very extreme blade tip blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 717 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade length: 571 mm (22 1/2 in.) Weight: 915 g (2 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'D'.On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '1?' (small; the second digit probably 6 or 9 i.e. it reads 16 or 19) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (faint) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).



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.