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

Physical Description

Later issued to 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 F: Very slightly curved, single-edged blade, terminating in double-edged spear-point, and with a false edge for about the final 90 mm (3 ¢ in.); a fairly broad fuller, almost at the back, extends from the end of a short ricasso to within 25 mm or less of the tip. Type Specimen: IX.7509.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: outer loop-guard removed, stump remains; rear quillon inclined more sharply towards blade than normal and to lesser extent the equivalent part of the knuckle-guard also; most of black paint on grip gone; buff piece missing; blade tip slightly blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: 803 mm (311 9/16 in.), Blade length: 689 mm (27 1/8 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 32 mm (1.25 in.) Weight: 780 g. (1 lb. 12 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, near ricasso, stamped: crown over broad arrow (incomplete impression).


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).