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Probably Tower arsenal (no information in typed inventory).

Physical Description

Hilt is probably British and the blade is German, Solingen. 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: end of tang a little untidy; extreme blade tip blunted.


Dimensions: Overall length: 711 mm (28 in), blade length: 672 mm (22.5 in) Weight: 2 lb 4 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On hilt, on outside, in centre of cross, in characters formed of punched dots: 'V / CPA 4 / 74' (to be read with the blade tip pointing up) (the V/CPA probably for the Cinque Ports Volunteer Artillery).On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 10.On blade, on inside, just beyond ricasso, stamped: broad arrow over WD.On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).


Bibliographic References

B Robson, Swords of the British Army..., 1st edn, London, 1975, p. 161, Pl. 170 (general view; wrongly captioned as IX.414).

P J Lankester, ''Land Transort Corps swords' in the Royal Armouries: and interim summary', Royal Armouries Yearbook, 6, 2001, pp. 55-71, at p. 57, fig. 3 (det. of hilt), p. 67.


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 helmet mark of Kirschbaum, see entry for IX.414 - under Notes.
See entry for IX.1226, another sword of the same pattern which is also marked V/CPA, (under Notes) for information on the Cinque Port Volunteer Artillery generally and for other swords with the same marking.