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Tower arsenal. Found in Brick Tower Store, Rack 12J, 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 E: Slightly curved, unfullered, single-edged, flat-backed blade, terminating in a double-edged spear point; and with a false edge and medial ridge for approx. the last 180-205 mm (7-8 in.); short ricasso. Type Specimen: IX.7495.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: lower part of loop-guard may have been slightly pushed towards blade; rear quillons inclined more sharply towards blade than normal; buff piece missing but small part may remain on one side in gap between hilt and bottom of tang; blade tip slightly blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: 783 mm (30 13/16 in.), Blade length: 669 mm (26 3/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 34 mm (1.32 in.) Weight: 875 g. (2 lb. 0 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: broad arrow.


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).