An iron sword which is corroded into its bronze scabbard (1994,0204.2). When buried, the top of the blade projected from the scabbard; it is now broken and the two ends do not join. The length of the scabbard is 588 mm, the handle is 210 mm, and the visible lengths of the blade are 16 mm and 8 mm, so the minimum length of the piece when found, sword projecting from its scabbard, would have been 822 mm. The blade is corroded, which makes it appear much wider at the hilt end (33 mm, or even 35 mm) than at the entry to the scabbard (no more than 29 mm). Its tip could not be detected by radiography, but the length of the scabbard suggests that the blade would have been about 565 mm long.
The handle is elaborate, its iron tang covered with wood encased in bronze. Its three components (with length) are the pommel (82 mm), the grip (83 mm) and the guard (45 mm); the join between pommel and grip has almost corroded away. Identified wood samples suggest that the pommel and grip were made of… (See Merlin record for full description)
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