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Old Tower collection; probably Tower arsenal. First accessioned 4 April 1988 following return from loan to Didcot (probably the Royal Ordnance Depot there but not stated in VTR/Gen.).

Physical Description

General Type Description: All brass, cast hilt. Pommel of various shapes (mostly globular, oval or egg-shaped). Knuckle-guard broadens to form slightly dished, heart-shaped shell around the blade, with two loop-guards to the outside of the hand. Short rear quillon, with disc-finial inclined towards the blade. 'Barley twist' grip. Curved or sligthly curved, single-edged blade, with a narrow fuller almost at the back, extending for the greater part its length.

Variations, losses, damage etc:
Pommel Type 1 - flattened or slightly flattened pommel, moulded above and below, with prominent tang-button. Type Specimen: IX.6787.
Hole drilled in inside of shell; knuckle-guard and loop-guards slightly distorted (especiially when viewed from front); vice marks on pommel.


Dimensions: Overall length: approx. 785 mm (31 7/8 in.), Blade length, back edge by hilt to tip: 635 mm (25 in.), Blade width, by hilt: 34 mm (1 3/8 in.) Weight: 860 g (1 lb 15 oz)

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade, on outside, near hilt, stamped: crown over 3.On blade, on back, near hilt, stamped: DAWES / BIRMM.On blade, on tang, probably stamped: a cresent moon, probably with a face (visible on X-ray - see Notes).



For this pattern of hanger generally and for other examples, see entry for IX.534, under Notes.
For general information on the maker Dawes, see entry for IX.250, under Notes.
An X-ray of the grip area by Dr David Starley in August 2003 (Job Code: AM 1832) showed a crescent moon (probably with a face) on the tang (see copy of report on inv. file for IX.373).