Object Title

Short Sword - Baselard

Short Sword - Baselard



Object Number



Excavated from Queenhithe in 1986

Physical Description

Wooden hilt of roughly H or I shaped profile and round section. The pommel is elongated on one side, being short and bulbous on top to accommodate the wrist more comfortably, while the other side curves gently underneath to meet the flat top. Four brass pins secure the grip to the tang. The quillons are convex, arcing down towards the hand, and has an iron ferrule on the blade side. The blade is straight and single edged, with a varying profile. A long ricasso gives the base of the blade a triangular section, but about 1/3 along the length of the blade this softens into curved edge along one face.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Inlaying, Engraving



BladeLength559 mm
OverallLength690 mm
OverallWeight560 g

Inscriptions and Marks

An inlayed pannel of brass wth the inscription +Naede Dann+ According to research undertaken by Dr Lech Marek, this could translate from old German as, 'Help me then' or 'So help me', or most probably 'Grace then'
bottom of the blade on one face
inlay and engraving

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, pp. 64-5 (col. illus., 2nd from top).


A comparable example, albeit with a double edged blade, was found in Brooks Wharf, directly adjacent to Queenhithe, and now resides in the Museum of London (No. 7553)
There is a second comparable example within the Museum of London collection, with a similar single edged blade (80.34) and a third, now missing most of its blade, with an almost identical hilt (A16643).