Object Title

Sword and scabbard

Sword and scabbard


700 - 601 BC

Object Number



From Cumae, near Naples

Physical Description

Of small size, the sword of one piece bronze. Blade tapers evenly from its ronded shoulders and is patterned with grooved lines running parallel to the edges of the blade. The grip is short and the pommel of half oval form. This retains on one side its bone covering. The remainder of the hilt and sholder of the blade has rivet holes fro attaching the covering, and two rivets remain. the scabbard is also of bronze, decorated on the front face with chevron ornament which runs parallel to the edges of the scabbard. At the bottom is a heavy ovoid knob.


Dimensions: sword: Length overall: 402 mm, Blade length: 305mm scabbard: Length: 335mm Weight: sword: 9oz, scabbard: 8oz

Inscriptions and Marks

No visible marks.



In Lord Dillon's 1909 Inventory, Class I.39-40. Transferred to the British Museum 1914, returned 1972.