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Returned from long-term loan to Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (L 396) 3rd January 2003. Originally from County Mayo, Ireland.

Physical Description

Flanged, copper alloy. Thick butt, oblique in outline. Cutting edge sharpened. Each side has broad longitudinal rib, apparently along line of casting seam. Surfaces smooth, except for parts of flanges, well preserved.


Dimensions: Length: 176 mm, width: 43 mm (max) Weight: 289.2g (9.3 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

(73) 1915.48.4, Co.Mayo, Ireland, Lent from the Tower Armoury 1915. Round bore hole on one face and 'V' taken out of blade for analysis (see Allen, et al.).


Bibliographic References

Hewitt, J (1859) Official Catalogue of the Tower Armouries, p. 2 (no.97). Dillon (1910) Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, p. 88 (no.73).

Dillon, Harold (Viscount) (1910) Illustrated Guide to the Armouries, p. 88 (no.73).

Allen, I.M. Britton, D. Coghlan, H.H. (1970) Metallurgical reports on British and Irish Bronze Age Implements and Weapons in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, pp. 144-145.


Pitt Rivers Museum number 1915.48.4. 1859-1890 Armouries number I.97. 1890-1914 Armouries number I.73.