Object Title

Sword - Hand and a Half

Sword - Hand and a Half



Object Number



Purchased at Christie, Manson and Woods on 25th April 1961 (lot. 143), along with IX.1081, 1081, 1084 and 1085. Inventory records that the 'details in letter of 26 April 1961 to J.G.M from W.B.'.

Physical Description

Straight tapering two-edged blade with a deep, wide fuller on each face running from the hilt to a flattened diamond section which begins about 12 inches from the acute point. Straight, square-section quillons expanding towards their ends. A very subtle recurve is suggested by a slight hollow on the upper face of one quillon and the lower face of the other. Tapering tang, flat disc pommel with no tang button. The sword has been severely corroded and the quillons, tang and pommel now have a black patination.





OverallLength1016 mm
OverallWeight936 g
BladeLength856 mm
QuillonWidth156 mm

Inscriptions and Marks



Places Europe

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl. 3a

[R.] E. Oakeshott, Records of the medieval sword, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1991, p. 146 (Type XVI, 'c. 1300-1325)


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