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Probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned on return from loan to 1 Armoured Division, TPT Regt, RCT, BFPO 46 (Loan L81), February 1987.

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.

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Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 730 mm (28 3/4 in.), Blade length: 572 mm (22 1/2 in.) Weight: 900 g

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on inside, on ricasso, stamped: crown over 10 (an inspection mark); broad arrow over WD.On blade, on outside, on ricasso, stamped: a crested helmet (partial impression only) (the mark of Kirschbaum of Solingen).



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.