Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1100-1199

Object Number

IX.1082

Provenance

Purchased at Christie, Manson and Woods on 25 April 1961 (lot 145) with IX.1081, IX.1083, IX.1084 and IX.1085. Previously in the 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. The blade has been broken in three places and repaired by welding.
Short, slender quillons of round section; wide tang tapers to a small, rounded pommel of irregular form but reminiscent of a shortened 'brazil nut' pommel. The entire sword is corroded to a hard black patina.

Dimensions

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

Inscriptions and Marks

Inlaid in tin on one side of the blade are five circles connected by a cable of lozenges, on the reverse, two pairs of shears connected by a similar cable pattern.

Associations

Places Europe

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl. 2c, Pl. 106 (mark)

R. E. Oakeshott, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, London, revised edn., London etc., 1981, p.36

[R.] E. Oakeshott, Records of the medieval sword, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1991, p.63 (Type XIa, c 1100).

Royal Armouries, Royal Armouries Museum [Leeds]. Souvenir guide, Royal Armouries, Leeds etc. [2006], p. 50 (illus., gen. view missing last quarter - 'European, 12th century').

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, pp. 62-3 (col. illus, top on p. 62).

Notes

Compared by Oakeshott (1964) to a sword in the Cambridge Museum of Ethnology & Archaeology, no.76.22.731.
See also Landesmuseum, Zurich, Catalogue (1928), Pl. 1 no. 6, for similar sword {CHECK ref)