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sword

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1864,0903.5

  • Description

    Leaf-shaped, copper alloy sword of Holme Pierrepoint type. Some patches of black patina. Hilt has 'wood grain' effect on surface of the bronze. Two rivet holes in tang, one in terminal and six in shoulder.

  • Culture/period

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  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 639 millimetres
    • Width: 56.36 millimetres (shoulder)
    • Width: 40.85 millimetres (max. blade)
    • Thickness: 6.83 millimetres (blade)
    • Weight: 740.7 grammes
    • Length: 522 millimetres (blade)
    • Length: 117 millimetres (hilt)
    • Length: 182 millimetres (centre of gravity to shoulder)
    • Length: 242 millimetres (max blade width to tip)
    • Thickness: 9.1 millimetres (max)
  • Curator's comments

    This sword is type Holme Pierrepoint. These swords are a mix of the Gündlingen and Ewart Park types. Holme Pierrepoint swords display a narrow hilt tang, widely splayed shoulders, small pin rivets, short ricasso and marked ricasso notches, a broad tip and are generally longer than 60cm. Their distribution is centred in the British Isles, though extends into the continent and especially into Scandinavia. They date back to the Bronze Age-Iron Age transition (c. 800-600 BC). Of the four swords found in Britain, two have been discovered in the Trent Valley, while the other two, including this example, were found in the Thames Valley.

    Bibliography.

    Burgess, C.B. and Colquhoun, I., 1988. “The Swords of Britain” In Prähistorische Bronzefunde. München: Beck. No. 697.

    J.D. Cowen, The Hallstatt Sword of Bronze; on the Continent and in Britain. Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society (Cambridge) 36, 1967, 443 no. 185.

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  • Bibliography

    • Burgess & Colquhoun 1988 698 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G1/fc5

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1864,0903.5

Leaf-shaped, copper alloy sword. Some patches of black patina. Hilt has 'wood grain' effect on surface of the bronze. Two rivet holes in tang, one in terminal and six in shoulder.

Leaf-shaped, copper alloy sword. Some patches of black patina. Hilt has 'wood grain' effect on surface of the bronze. Two rivet holes in tang, one in terminal and six in shoulder.

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