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Tower arsenal. Found in Brick Tower Store, Rack 12H, when first registered in 1987.

Physical Description

Hilt of type also used by Army Hospital Corps privates.
Hilt General Type Description: Brass stirrup-guard, one end flattened to form a terminal plate to the grip in place of a pommel; a loop-guard to the outside of the hand; and a rear quillon with a disc-finial inclined towards the blade. Ribbed, cast iron grip, shaped to the hand and painted black ('lacquered'). Curved or slightly curved blade.

Blade - Type A: Curved, single-edged blade, flat-backed blade with a narrow fuller near the spine, extending for approx. two thirds of its length; short, unfullered ricasso. Type Specimen: IX.7483.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: loop-guard removed, stump remains; most of black paint on grip gone; buff piece present; rust pitting on inside of blade, near and at tip.


Dimensions: Overall length, blade tip to back edge of 'pommel': 750 mm (29 9/16 in.), Blade length, blade tip to hilt (by back): 637 mm (25 1/16 in.), Blade width, by buff piece: 37 mm (1.47 in.) Weight: 795 g. (1 lb. 13 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, near hilt, stamped: 'ENFIELD'; crown over GR.


Places Britain


For this pattern of sword generally, including a description of the various blade types and the evidence for dating, see entry for IX.536 (under Notes).