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Tower arsenal. Found in Brick Tower Store, Rack 12K, 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: most of black paint on grip gone; buff piece present; very slight nick in forward edge of blade, appprox. 370 mm (14.5 in.) from hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: 790 (31 1/8 in.), Blade length: 676 mm (26 5/8 in.), Blade width, by buff piece: 33 mm (1.29 in.) Weight: 805 g. (1 lb. 13 oz.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: broad arrow.On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: 'S.S' (SS) or possibly 'S.C' (see Notes).


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).
Some of the swords of this pattern in the Royal Armouries have blades stamped S.S but the first letter is imperfectly formed, presumably because the punch had become worn or damaged. On the present sword first letter is unclear, but is probably S.