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Found un-numbered in Brick Tower store (rack 11G), 1982/1983. First accessioned by Valuation team, 1987. Probably Tower arsenal.

Physical Description

Brass mameluke style hilt, cast in one, consisting of: lion's head 'pommel' with eyelet between its jaws (for chain-guard) and stylized mane, which merges into the grip, which is slightly shaped to the hand; short, straight qillons with sperical pineapple terminals, the forward one having an attached eyelet (for the chain-guard); forward langets and fictive rear langets (cast as part of the grip). The cente of the cross (with the langets) has relief cast decoration of a flowering bud flanked by leaves.

Curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller near the back, extending from the base for approx. 520 mm (20 1/2 in.). The chain-guard is lacking.

Condition: Identified with concentric corrosion (on outside of blade), February 2005.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 814 mm (32 1/16 in.), Blade length, back by hilt to tip: 691 mm (27 1/4 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 31 mm (1 3/16 in.) Weight: 700 g (1lb 8 1/2 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on grip, on outside, stamped: 3 over DG over 25 (3rd Dragoon Guards [band sword no.] 25)


Places Britain


IX.7248 is of the same 'pattern', marked to the same regiment (no. 21). No other examples of this exact 'pattern' have so far been noticed (at 29/06/07).