Object Title

Axe head

Axe head


10th-11th century

Object Number



Purchased at auction from Wallis and Wallis, Lewes, 26 July 1989, Sale no. 340, no. 1414

Physical Description

Convex blade with hardened edge welded on seperately, asymmetrically opposed to flattened ovoid socket with vestigial points above and below. Traces of wood inside socket. Some damage to lower edge of socket.


Dimensions: Overall length: 220 mm (8 11/16 in), width of cutting edge: 190 mm (7 1/2 in) Weight: 495 g


Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, pp. 51 (col. illus., left, 2nd from top), 52 (col. illus., top right).