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The sword has a straight, double-edged blade with a wide fuller running most of its length. The guard is in the form of a simple cross, the arms slightly faceted and tapering towards their tips. The pommel is of disc form, fragments of the original wooden grip panels survive on the hilt. The blade is broken in two pieces and the section retaining the hilt was broken and has been welded back together. It is extensively corroded and much of the edge is missing; patination adhering to either side of it may be the remains of the scabbard. The fuller appears to contain an inscription, now illegible. The guard is cracked at the centre and one arm bent backwards.
- Made in: Europe
- Length: 903 millimetres (Overall length (both parts))
- Length: 760 millimetres (Blade length (both parts))
- Weight: 800 grammes
Similar to one of the swords found in Gibraltar, 1867, 1223.2, published in David Nicolle, ‘Two swords from the foundation of Gibraltar.’ Gladius XXII, 2002, pp. 147-200. Numerous other swords of htis type exist, such as Wallace Collection inv. A458. Comment and object description by T.Richardson, Royal Armouries.
Prehistory and Europe
- AL116/205 (Royal Armouries)
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Object reference number: MCN4725
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