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Iron sword blade, tip and hilt missing with two fragments of scabbard corroded to blade. The upper part of the surviving blade is corroded, but much of the rest of it is in very good condition. It survives to a length of 520 mm, and is 43 mm wide at the highest point that the edges can be measured. The blade tapers in the final 170 mm or so to a point. There is a narrow midrib bordered on both faces by incised lines and all surviving surfaces are marked by roughly, but quite sharply, incised or chased parallel lines that stop short of the midrib and just short of the edges (where they would have been removed by sharpening).
Corroded onto the blade is an 86 mm length of front plate with a raised midrib about 4 mm wide, and a 193 mm length of backplate. No overlaps survive.
Length: 520 millimetres (blade)
Length: 86 millimetres (scabbard fragment)
Width: 43 millimetres (widest point of blade)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
Found during excavations for Lockwood Reservoir, Higham Hill, Walthamstow. See also 1905,0114.3 and 1905,0114.1, together with a spearhead (1905,0114.4) and length of cauldron chain (1905,0114.5).
Hatley 1933:19 and 29; de Navarro 1966:147, pls 1:2 and 3:2; de Navarro 1972:144, 293, 311-12 and distribution map fig. 36:19; Stead 1984b: 47 and pl.2:b; Jope 2000: 38 and 244, pl. 53:c.
- Not on display
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