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  • Description

    Iron pattern-welded sword blade, heavily oxidised; the blade is broad and tapers slightly towards the pointed tip. Near the hilt, two circular indentations mark the position of the two sheath bosses 1939,1010.26-27. Traces of the wooden sheath remain on the blade (1939,1010.95.C). For the hilt fittings, see 1939,1010.19-25.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 6thC-7thC(early)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 72 centimetres (blade)
    • Length: 85.4 centimetres (overall, with scabbard and hilt)
  • Curator's comments

    The Sutton Hoo sword was not restored from fragments - it was lifted as a solid but rusted unit. A more proper description, based on the catalogue entry in Sutton Hoo, Volume I. p. 441, would read: pattern-welded iron blade rusted in an oxydised fur-lined wooden scabbard, bound round the top with tapes. ACE, 25 June 1990. Attached to 1939,1010.19 Attached to 1939,1010.20 Attached to 1939,1010.21 Attached to 1939,1010.22 Attached to 1939,1010.23 Attached to 1939,1010.24 Attached to 1939,1010.25


  • Bibliography

    • Bruce-Mitford 1978 Figs.207, 209-212 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G41/dc1/sA

  • Exhibition history

    2002 13 Mar-26 Sep, Woodbridge, The National Trust-Sutton Hoo Exhibition Centre, Warriors
    1980 10 Mar-30 Sep, Sweden, Stockholm, Statens Historika Museum, The Vikings are Here

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1939

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 1939,10-10,28 (former number)
COMPASS Title: Sword from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo;Sword;Sword

COMPASS Title: Sword from the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo;Sword;Sword

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