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Presented by the British Electricity Authority, 1953. Found during excavations on the site of Bankside House, Southwark, London 1951. Manuscript note in inventory records that the sword was found at a depth of 12-13 ft. in a position approx. 20ft. from curb in Gt. Guildford St. and 30-35 ft. from curb in Summer St.

Physical Description

Circular pommel with slightly convex sides; a small brass cap on top of the pommel surmounts the tang; single-handed grip; straight quillons of circular section. Single-edged blade tapering to a point; the tip was broken off during excavation. A mark is inlaid in copper at the forte. The sword is covered with a hard, black patina.


Dimensions: Overall length: 851 mm (33.5 in), length of blade: 693 mm (27.3 in) Weight: 2 lb


Places England

Bibliographic References

Mentioned in: Sir James Mann A Fourteenth century sword found in the river Thames near Dowgate Street, Antiquaries Journal Vol XXXIX Nos. 3,4, 1959.

A.R. Dufty and A. Borg, European Swords and Daggers in the Tower of London, London, 1974, Pl. 3c


Compare IX.3744 - hilt and fragment of single-edged blade.

Note by A.V.B.Norman in Inventory adds: 'V&A had an excavated sword of comparable form from Sudely Castle in February 1980. Less[?] marked escutcheon &[?] rounded ends to quillons.