Object Title

Sword - Munition 'proto-mortuary' sword

Sword - Munition 'proto-mortuary' sword



Object Number



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).





BladeLength724 mm
OverallLength841 mm
OverallWeight695 g

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, in fuller on each side after SOLINGEN, is an 'anchor' mark made up of composite stamps.
City of origin mark
Blade (each face)

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.