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Purchased Sept. 1987. Formerly Deposit no.325 (part). Excavated from the Thames at Brook's Wharf in February 1985 (inf. from the vendor who may also have been the finder).

Physical Description

Excavated from the Thames at Brook's Wharf. Wooden hilt of typical form, the grip slightly faceted, with flattened ovoid pommel slightly arched globose quillons with flat iron backing plate each side nearest the blade, each screwed by an iron rivet through both plate and quillon. Square brass plate under tang button, notched along the edges. Single-edged iron blade of triangular section, the rear edge with central ridge, tapering to approx. 2 in. from the point, thence in a gentle curve to the rear edge.

Condition when first catalogued (May 1990): The tip is slightly bent. Forward edge badly nicked in places, blade blackened.

Featured in

Hundred Years War


Dimensions: Overall length: 429 mm (15 15/16 in.), Blade length: 305 mm (12 in.)

Inscriptions and Marks

On the inside of the blade, nearer the hilt, and very near the back, inlaid in copper alloy: a mark now resembling a letter I or a capstan (cf. X.1478) but possibly originally with a different outline (mark revealed during conservation, August 1991).


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

F. Wilkinson, Those entrusted with arms..., London, Greenhill Books and Leeds, Royal Armouries, 2002, p. 19, fig. 2.3 (gen. view).


Address of vendor taken from OEWR and IEWR (agrees with deposit book). Address in IBE (source unknown): 17, Mount Road, Cranleigh, Surrey.