Object Title

Sword - Hand-and-a-half sword

Sword - Hand-and-a-half sword



Object Number



Tower Arsenal. Thought to have been 'found in the river Thames near London Bridge' (Dufty 1974). IBE states that the earliest reference to this is by Sir Guy Francis Laking in 1920 (Laking 1920-22)

Physical Description

Tall pommel of octagonal section, long tang, straight quillons of square section. The grip is missing. Long, tapering, two-edged blade of flattened diamond section with an exceptionally long ricasso (approx. 160 mm in length), with a central fuller. In heavily corroded condition.

Featured in

Hundred Years War





OverallLength1190 mm
OverallWeight1535 g
BladeLength927 mm
BladeWidth29 mm
BladeWidth44 mm
PommelWeight350 g


Bibliographic References

Hewitt (1870), IX.6 - CHK & COMPL. (also 1859 edn. acc. to note in IBE).

C ffoulkes, Inventory and Survey of the Armouries of the Tower of London, London, 1916, II, p. 263 (illus. - det. of hilt).

(Sir) Guy F. Laking, A record of European armour and arms..., 5 vols, London, G. Bell, 1920-1922, II, p. 254 & 255, fig. 631 (det. of hilt) - 'first quarter of 15th century'.

C. Blair, European and American Arms, c.1100-1850, London, 1962, Plate 34.

H. Seitz, Blankwaffen, 2 vols, Brunswick, 1965 & 1968, I, p. 197, fig. 95 (EXTRACT).

R. E. Oakeshott, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, London, revised edn., London etc., 1981, p.60 (type XVa, poss. early 15th cent.).

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, p. 15 & Pl. 5a - 'c. 1400, foind in the Thames near London Bridge'.

A V B Norman and G M Wilson, Treasures from the Tower of London, Norwich, 1982, pp. 44-45, no. 14 (illus.).

[R.] E. Oakeshott, Records of the medieval sword, Boydell Press, Woodbridge, 1991, p. 167 (illus. - full length) (Type XVII, example 9; pommel type T; cross type 1) - 'c.1375-1400'; found 'just above London Bridge'.

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, pp. 64-5 (col. illus., top), 91 (col. illus., top).

C. Paggiarino, The Royal Armouries, masterpieces of medieval and renaissance arms and armour, Milan, 2011, volume 1