Object Title




about 1365

Object Number



From the collection of Sir Edward Barry. The sword was found in Lake Constance.

Physical Description

Hilt: Consisting of a wheel pommel with a projecting circular boss on each face, straight quillons of hexagonal cross, slightly tapering and with a sharply downturned tip. The grip is a restoration and is of wood (?) bound with cord. The tang button is in the form of a truncated pyramid.
Blade: straight, flattened diamond section, double edged tapering to an acute point.
The whole of the sword is corroded and has a hard, black patination.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Dimensions: Overall length: 1124 mm (44.25 in.), Blade length: 874 mm (34.4 in.) Weight: 4 lb. 0.25 oz. (1818 g.)


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

and Armour in the Collection of Sir Edward Barry - -, May 1938. Typescript in Royal Armouries Library, pl. 4f.

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


Swords of this type are quite common. Cf a sword found in Northern France and in the collection of Sir James Mann; another with an Arabic inscription in the Kienbusch Collection (Cat No 326); one in the Musee L'Armee, Paris (J. 10). Oakeshott, who classified this sword as type XVa, gives other examples of the type.