Object Title

Dagger - Rondel Dagger

Dagger - Rondel Dagger



Object Number



Excavated from the bed of the river Thames at Queenhithe on 3 July 1976 at a depth of 4 feet in a position 7 yards north west of the south east corner of the dock

Physical Description

Plain round iron rondels. The guard rondel formed of two plates riveted together with a separate spacing and edging strip between, the round heads of the rivets appearing on the blade side of the guard. The pommel rondel formed differently of only two pieces of metal, the lower plate having its edges turned up to form an integral spacer, to which the flat upper plate is attached by four rivets with decorative pyramidal heads which reflect the shape of the large ornamental finial in the centre of the plate. This finial is not a tang button, the tang being secured to the lower plate before the addition of the purely decorative upper plate. Modern plastic, imitation wood reconstructed grip, with four original lateral retaining rivets remaining.

Long, straight, single-edged blade, each face of slightly hollow ground, the back slightly rounded.

Featured in

Hundred Years War





BladeLength382 mm
BladeWidth26 mm
OverallLength524 mm
OverallWeight368 g

Inscriptions and Marks



Bibliographic References

Veronica Fiorato and others, Blood red roses. The archaeology of a mass grave from the Battle of Towton AD 1461, Oxford, Oxbow Books, 2000, chapter 10 (by Graeme Rimer), p. 123, fig. 10.7 (full length view) - 'English, mid-fifteenth century'.


For similar London found daggers, see X.2 and X.287. Note in IBE records '1988 x-ray shows bracket[?] edges to tang, therefore grip is incorrectly restored'. There is no x-ray on the file [1999].