Object Title

Short Sword - Baselard

Short Sword - Baselard

Date

1480-1520

Object Number

IX.3482

Provenance

Excavated from Queenhithe

Physical Description

Wooden hilt of roughly H or I shaped profile. The pommel is elongated on one side, being short and bulbous on top to accomodate 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 cross is convex, arcing down towards the hand, and has an iron reenforce 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 of the blade.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength559mm
OverallLength690mm
OverallWeight560g

Inscriptions and Marks

Inscription
An inlayed pannel of brass and been engraved with a name
bottom of the blade on one face
inlay and engraving

Associations

Bibliographic References

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