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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 both quillon terminals; blade painted with aluminium paint (extensively worn); a few nicks in forward edge of blade, towards tip; blade tip blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 713 mm (28 1/16 in.), Blade length: 570 mm (22 7/16 in.) Weight: 915 (2 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on inside, in centre of cross, stamped: '6' or '9'.On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, stamped: 'B'.On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over '19' (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (incompletely struck, so only the very bottom 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.