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Old Tower collection, probably Tower arsenal. First registered 23 June 2004 following return from loan to the Australian War Memorial [museum] (reg. no. REL/08056), being the remains of one of the Loans to the Dominions, sent out in 1921.

Physical Description

General Type Description: Brass cruciform hilt of 'Roman' form with flattened, oval-sectioned pommel, swollen ribbed grip, and quillons with disc terminals decorated with incised concentric circles. Straight, single-edged blade of wedge section, with a short ricasso, tapering slightly and terminating in a double-edged spear point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: (nothing obvious)


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 714 mm (28 1/8 in.), Blade length: 569 mm (22 5/16 in.) Weight: 920 g (2 lb 0 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 4 (crown faint) (an inspection mark).On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: remains of a crested helmet (only the base of the gorget visible) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).On blade, on back, approx. 100 mm from hilt, incised: IV (not definitely a mark).



For information on and published references to this pattern generally (including doubts about the Land Transport Corps identification), for the possible provenances and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
For the different crowned number inspection marks found on these swords, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes. For the helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.