Object Title

Falchion

Falchion

Date

1300-1330

Object Number

IX.15

Provenance

Formerly IX.4 (see Notes)

Physical Description

Simple cross hilt. The pommel brass, of wheel form. Grip missing, although a fragment of wood is preserved in the pommel. The tang is stamped with a mark. Short two-edged blade, with two parallel fullers running its full length. Sharpened to a falchion point. The whole is much corroded. The tang has been broken at the blade and welded on.


The blade has clearly been shortened to its present form, but this alteration would seem to have been made during the working life of the sword.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 675 mm, Length of blade: 530 mm, Weight: 736 g

Inscriptions and Marks

There is a mark, of four concentric circles, inlaid in brass on each face. The mark appears to have involved letters, but these cannot now be read.

Associations

Places Europe

Notes

Formerly IX.4 and listed in Hewitt, 1870 'part of a cross sword, with brass pommel, of the form prevalent throughout the middle ages'. It cannot be traced earlier than this.


The pommel and quillons may be compared to IX.13.