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Purchased at Christie, Manson and Woods, 25 April 1961, lot 141 ?. Ex Dacre Kendrick Edwards Collection

Physical Description

Straight two-edged blade with a broad fuller on each face running from the hilt almost to the point. Stout, long, straight quillons of square section; the tang tapers towards the heavy beehive-shaped pommel. The sword is heavily corroded and is obviously an excavated piece.


Dimensions: Overall length: 965 mm (38 in), length of blade: 805 mm (31.7 in) Weight: 1275 gm (2 lb 13 oz)


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl. 1c

P. Hammond, Royal Armouries Official Guide, 2nd (rev'd) edn, London, 1993, p. 18, top right (col. ill. - ('about 1100').

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1

[R] E Oakeshott, The archaeology of weapons, reprint of 1st edn of 1960 [with additions including plates], Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1994, Pl. 34 (4th p;ate back from p. 185) - c. 1050-1150'.


A very similar sword in the Bernishchen Historiscen Museum was found during local excavtions, prompting the suggestion that this weapon might be Swiss.
A note in the typed inventory says that further details of the acquisition (and provenance?) are contained in a letter of 26 April 1961 from J G M[ann] W R[eid]. (I could find no inventory file for this object at 14/11/01; PJL).