Object Title

Sword - Hand-and-a-Half sword

Sword - Hand-and-a-Half sword


Mid-14th Century

Object Number



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 section, 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 is straight, flattened diamond section, double edged tapering to an acute point.
The whole of the sword is corroded and has a hard, black patination.



OverallLength1124 mm
OverallWeight1775 g
BladeLength874 mm

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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

The Sword in the Age of Chivalry


Swords of this type are quite common. Of 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.