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Purchased October 1984. Reputed to come from the site of the Battle of Castillon, near the River Garonne (France) in 1453

Physical Description

The iron hilt consists of a pommel which is transitional between Oakeshott types T3 and T5, of rather squat proportions, facetted with eight slightly outwardly-turned sides and convex top. The cross is Oakeshott style 4, of flattened, hexagonal section. The quillons are turned towards the blade and the forward quillon is also turned inwards. The turned end of the rear quillon is shorter and its tip may have been lost. The grip is missing.

The single-edged blade has a false edge for the last 330 mm (13 in) and a narrow, flat back. The tang is about half the blade width and tapers towards the pommel.

Good excavated condition, oxidised overall. Rear quillon tip may be broken off. Extreme tip of blade broken off and cutting edges pitted.


BladeLength795 mm
BladeThickness4.1 mm
BladeWidth59 mm
OverallLength940 mm
OverallWeight1.2 kg



For pommel and cross types and dating, see R. Ewart Oakeshott, 'The Sword in the Age of Chivalry' (London 1964), 106, 114.
This is one of a group of at least eighty swords said to come from the same find spot. For general information about these swords and others in the Royal Armouries Collection and elsewhere, see entry for IX.3683 under 'Notes'.