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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: loop-guard pushed in somewhat towards grip and blade; most of black paint on grip gone; most of buff piece missing - small proportion remains at forward edge; quite a number of vice marks at base of blade, near ricasso (both sides); a few very small nicks in cutting edge of blade.


Dimensions: Overall length: 800 mm (31 7/16 in.), Blade length: 685 mm (27 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 33 mm (1.32 in.) Weight: 980 g. (2 lb. 3 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 16.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: 'MOLE' (the L and E incompletely struck.


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

See Notes


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).
In P.J. Lankester and G. Rimer, 'A 19th-century chest of arms', 'Royal Armouries Yearbook', III, 1998, pp. 77-108, at p. 93, 105, the inv. no. 7505 should read IX.7507.