Object Title

Short Sword - Baselard

Short Sword - Baselard



Object Number



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 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 of the blade.

Featured in

Hundred Years War



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


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

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