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Iron sword in two pieces; part of scabbard adhering to blade, including belt-loop.One piece of the sword is 460 mm long, including the lower part of the tang and a separate fragment of blade attached during conservation; the other 176 mm long including a very sharp point. The shape of the break between the two pieces suggests that they might almost join, which would give an overall length of about 623 mm (lacking part of the tang) and a blade length of about 580 mm. The blade is 40 mm wide at the top and has a median ridge; it definitely tapers for the whole of the lower fragment. The tang is rectangular in section, and there is the impression of a high campanulate hilt end or scabbard mouth on both sides, 15/16 mm high on the front, perhaps a little higher on the back. On the front of the blade, and to a lesser extent on the back, there is a fine conglomerate 'skin' which is quite thick towards the tip of the blade.
There are two fragments of iron scabbard. The one is a 100 mm length at the top on the back, much damaged but including the whole of the suspension loop. The loop itself is 42 mm long and only 6 mm wide in the middle, with circular loop plates about 17 mm diameter, each attached by a central rivet; overall length 72 mm. The other piece of scabbard is a 70 mm length which is essentially a piece of chape frame.
Diameter: 17 millimetres (loop plates)
Length: 623 millimetres (approx; ?)
Length: 176 millimetres (part of blade)
Length: 460 millimetres (part of blade)
Length: 100 millimetres (part of scabbard)
Length: 70 millimetres (part of scabbard)
Length: 42 millimetres (suspension loop)
Width: 6 millimetres (suspension loop)
Width: 40 millimetres (top of blade)
- Curator's comments
- Stead 2006
The register gives the provenance as 'Hammersmith, between the creek & the bridge (= Site A), from Thames'. Lawrence 1929:87 has, 'A sword-blade with remains of the iron sheath was dug out of the foreshore opposite the reservoir on the Surrey side of the river (B.M.)'; cf. also Piggott 1950: 26 (Group II), but both may be referring to 1862,1001.1.
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