Object Title

Sword

Sword

Date

1380-1420

Object Number

IX.2

Provenance

Possibly purchased from Earl of Shrewsbury's sale in 1857 (see notes).

Physical Description

Similar to IX.1, the hilt modern.
(Description of IX.1) Bulbous modern pommel, long leather covered grip; straight, circular section quillons expanding slightly towards the tips. Long, two-edged blade with, near the hilt, three shallow fullers which change to two extending to the point.

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 55.3 in., Blade length: 42.8 in., Width of blade at hilt: 52 mm, Length of cross: 320 mm (from tip of quillon to tip of quillon). Weight: 5 lb 2 oz

Inscriptions and Marks

On blade: on each face, two marks and a decorative pattern are inlaid in brass; includes a beast (lion passant?) - see illus. in ffoulkes 1916.

Associations

Places Germany

Bibliographic References

C. ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, vol. II, p. 260 (illus. of mark on blade).

Notes

The old (Tower) Medieval Gallery label (dismantled from 1994) dated this sword (displayed with a composite late, 15th-century German armour) late 15th century, and the separate label for the similar IX.1 (displayed elsewhere in the same case) had the same date.
According to the Dillon inventory of 1909, this sword came from the Alton Towers sale, but there is some uncertainty about this. Some uncertainty over ffoulkes's descriptions. See Notes for IX.1.
The mark on the blade shares certain elements with that on IX.2. For other similar marks and blades, see Notes under IX.1 and 1024.