Object Title

Sword - Falchion

Sword - Falchion

Date

1300-1330

Object Number

IX.15

Provenance

Listed in Hewitt, 1870, as IX. 4. In the Tower cCollections before 1870. Formerly IX.4 (see Notes).

Physical Description

The hilt is of smple cross type; the wheel pommel is of brass (copper alloy) and of wheel form. The grip is missing, although a fragment of wood is preserved in the pommel. The tang is stamped with a mark. The slightly down-turne cross-guard apers towards its terminals. The comparatively short two-edged blade bears two parallel fullers running its full length. On each face of the blade is a mark of four concentric circles, inlaid in latten (?) (copper alloy).The mark appears to have included letters but these are now illegible. The tip of the blade is sharpened to a falchion point.
The whole is much corroded. The tang has been broken at the blade and welded back on.
The blade has clearly been deliberately shortened to its presen, falchion, form, but this alteration would seem to have been made during the working life of the sword.

Featured in

Hundred Years War

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength530 mm
OverallLength675 mm
OverallWeight735 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Mark
There is a mark, of four concentric circles, inlaid in latten (?) (copper alloy) on each face. The mark appears to have included letters, but these are now illegible.
On each face of blade
Inlaid latten (?) (copper alloy).

Associations

Places Europe

Notes

Formerly IX.4 and listed in Hewitt, 1870, as '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.