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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; ribs of grip somewhat worn or poorly cast; a few minor nicks to cutting egde of blade, towards tip; blade tip blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 709 mm (27 15/16 in.), Blade length: 564 (22 3/16 in.) Weight: 925 g (2 lb 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'C' (stamped at an angle).On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '16' (small) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (incompletely struck, so only the very botton of the gorget is 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.
For the different sizes of the crowned 16 inspection mark, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.