Object Title

Sword - Munition Sword

Sword - Munition Sword

Object Number

IX.214

Physical Description

Blakened iron hilt consisting of flat, rounded shell-guard prolonged into short recruved quillons at front and rear. Small triangular langets extend down the blade. Edges of shell opposite grip are slightly curved towards the pommel on either side. Hilt construction similar to 'Mortuary' hilts. The stout knuckle-guard is screwed at its upper end to the ovoid pommel, at the lower it divides into three bar, each of which is welded to the shell, the outer scrolling at their ends.
All elements of the hilt are chiselled with coarse decroative lines.

Straight two-edged blade with shallower fuller for first. Engraved on each face with running wolf mark and 1515

Techniques

Forged

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength714 mm
OverallLength859 mm
OverallWeight709 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Totemic
1515
Blade
Engraved
City of origin mark
Running wolf
Blade
Engraved

Bibliographic References

Royal Armouries, Civil War: a Royal Armouries exhibition sponsored by the Times, Royal Armouries, London, 1992, p. 32, no. 20 - 'English, mid-17th century. Tower Arsenal [provenance]'.

C Mazansky, British basket-hilted swords. A typology of basket-type sword hilts, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 2005, p. 268, type IV, pommel 'Mortuary' type XI (illus.): 'early 17th century'.