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sword

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1858,1116.5

  • Description

    Sword, made of steel, with a double-edged blade with a double fuller running two thirds of its length and a blunt point, inlaid in gold wire on one side with an inscription, on the other with crosses, crescents and quatrefoil motifs. Towards the point on both sides is a small, inlaid crescent, possibly the maker's mark. It has a straight cross guard, a short grip and a wheel-shaped pommel. The blade is broken two thirds of the way to the point, and mended with a brazed joint. The surface is darkly patinated.

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  • Date

    • 1250-1330 (circa)
  • Production place

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  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 964 millimetres
    • Width: 56 millimetres (widdest point of blade)
    • Width: 165 millimetres (hilt)
    • Width: 51 millimetres (pommel)
    • Depth: 40 millimetres (pommel)
    • Weight: 1210 grammes
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        blade
      • Inscription Content

        +NDXOXCHWDRCHWDRCHDXORUN
      • Inscription Comment

        Claude Blair in Alexander & Binski 1987 no. 170 suggests the intials of the words of a religious invocation as a possible reading of the inscription.
      • Inscription Type

        maker's mark
      • Inscription Position

        on blade near point
      • Inscription Comment

        inlaid crescent
  • Curator's comments

    A very fine example of the classic 'knightly' sword of the period, as depicted on many effigies and brasses.

  • Bibliography

    • Alexander & Binski 1987 p. 261 no. 170 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:
    2017 26 May-03 Sep, Lincoln, The Collection, Battles and Dynasties
    2015 13 Mar-1 Sep, London, The British Library, Magna Carta
    1987-1988 6 Nov-6 Mar, London, Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry: Art in Plantagenet England 1200-1400

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1858

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1858,1116.5


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