Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1200-1299

Object Number

IX.12

Provenance

IX.1 in Hewitt's catalogue of 1870, and stated therein to have been found in a peat bog at Newbury, Berks.

Physical Description

The hilt consists of disc pommel with slightly convex faces, plain tang and a straight cross-guard of rectangular section which tapers to 'chisel' terminals, in the plane of the blade.
The two-edged blade has been broken in two places and has a wide, shallow, fuller extending its whole length. At the hilt this fuller contains an inscription, apparently inlaid in iron, which on one side could read + INME FECIT + but this is most uncetain, and efforts to decipher the letters using X-rays have been unsuccessful.
The whole weapon is much corroded.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength765 mm
OverallLength990 mm
OverallWeight935 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
Possibly '+ INME FECIT +'
In fuller, at hilt.
Inlaid in iron

Associations

Places England

Bibliographic References

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl. 2a

Notes

Note on IBE records that according to Dr Alfred Geibig of Veste Coburg [visited about 1990?] , this may be an 11th century sword with a very early disc pommel.