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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: blade lacquered, remains also on hilt; hole drilled in rear quillon terminal.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 718 mm (28 1/4 in.), Blade length: 571 mm (22 1/2 in.) Weight: 960 g (2 lb 1 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'B'.On hilt, on inside, in centre of cross, stamped: '10'.On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '1?' (small; the second digit probably 6, i.e. it reads 16) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (incompletely struck, so only bottom visible) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).


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 - under Notes.
For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.