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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First registered when returned from loan to the National Portrait Gallery (Loan L199), September 1987.

Physical Description

Blade with hatchet point.

Variations, losses, damage, etc: leather covered ribbed wooden grip; leather 'buff-piece' lacking except for small part trapped between blade and hilt.


Dimensions: Overall length: 1041 mm (41 in), width of hilt (in plane of blade): approx. 145 mm (4 3/8 in), depth of hilt: approx. 110 mm (5 3/4 in), blade length: 899 mm (35 in), blade width: 38 mm (1 1/2 in) Weight: 1.140 kg

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, 53 mm from hilt, stamped: crown over 12.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: OSBORN/&GUNBY (Osborn & Gunby).On blade, on back, 171.5 mm from hilt, stamped or engraved: a transverse line (not certain if an intentional mark or just damage; comparison with others of this pattern my decide).


Places Britain


For this pattern generally and for other examples in the Royal Armouries, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Osborn(e) & Gunby, see entry for IX.245, under Notes.
Louisville - no replacement planned