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Presumed Tower arsenal (no information in typed inventory).

Physical Description

Black iron hilt now comprising one shell-guard (the other broken of at an indeterminate date) from which a guard for the back of the hand curves up to meet the flat pommel: the flat knuckle bow has a circular swelling near its lower end: a scroll guard links the centre of the knuckleguard with the shell-guard outside the hand. A small quillon at the rear. The hilt is decorated with crudely chiselled lines. Leather covered wooden grip.
The blade is two-edged and straight with a short shallow fuller each side.
The blade is inscribed SOLINGEN, the letters being formed of composite stamps, in the fuller on each side (one side quite indistinct).


Dimensions: Overall length: 844 mm (33.25 in.), Blade lenght: 772 mm (30.4 in.) Weight: 691 g

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, in fuller on each side after SOLINGEN, is an 'anchor' mark made up of composite stamps.


Bibliographic References

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol. II, p.288.

C Mazansky, British basket-hilted swords. A typology of basket-type sword hilts, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2005, p. 279, type VCi, [no pommel type given] (illus.): 'c.1650'.


For general information on this pattern (essentially defined by the hilt) and for similar swords in the Royal Armouries and elswehere, see entry for IX.206, under Notes.