Object Title

Sword - cinquedea

Sword - cinquedea

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

IX.148

Provenance

In 'Old Tower' collections. None recorded in typed inventory. In Armouries collection before 1916.

Physical Description

The hilt consists of a grip of two (unidentified) hardwood plaques riveted to the tang. The plaques form an arched [pommel and swell towards their centres to form a peak between the user’s second and third fingers. Each plaque is decorated with three circular inlays of copper alloy (brass) filigree set into the wood. The stout, sloping, quillons are of steel.

The broad, tapering, blade bears three wide fullers on each face at the forte, the outer two continuing to the point. In the short central groove of each face is a stamped mark (the ‘twig’ mark). The same mark also appears on a spear in the collection (VII.1374) as well as on many other edged weapons of this period, including the so-called sword of Henry V at Westminster Abbey.

Techniques

Handmade

Materials

Dimensions

BladeLength660 mm
OverallLength815 mm
OverallWeight992 g

Inscriptions and Marks

Maker's mark
a small 'twig' mark (The same mark also appears on a spear in the collection (VII.1374) as well as on many other edged weapons of this period, including the so-called sword of Henry V at Westminster Abbey).
In the short central groove of each face of the blade
Stamped

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