- Museum number
Lead alloy pilgrim souvenir from the shrine of St Thomas à Becket at Canterbury representing a sword in a sheath; the sword is retractable and has plain, down-turned quillons, a disc pommel and a grip that widens in the middle.
- Production date
- 1425 - 1475 (circa)
Height: 124 millimetres
Width: 35 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- An altar was set up on the precise spot where Becket was slain and the murder weapon itself was shown there. In the 14th and 15th centuries souvenirs representing the sword became very popular.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2018 - 2019 8 Jun - 20 Jan, Ottawa, Canadian Museum of History, Medieval Europe
2017 11 Jul – 22 Oct, Spain, CaixaForum Zaragoza, Medieval Europe.
2017 9 Mar – 18 Jun, Spain, CaixaForum Barcelona, Medieval Europe,
2016 - 2017 19 Oct – 5 Feb, Spain, CaixaForum Madrid, Medieval Europe,
2015 - 2016 11 Dec- 10 Apr, Australia, Brisbane, Queensland Museum, Medieval Europe, power and legacy.
2011 23 June-9 Oct, London, BM, 'Treasures of Heaven'
2010-2011 17 Oct-6 Jan, Ohio, Cleveland Museum of Art, 'Treasures of Heaven'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Martrydom of St Thomas à Becket 1170
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number