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sword-sheath / sword

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Iron sword with pattern-welded blade, cocked-hat pommel and bronze upper and lower guards; remains of a wooded scabbard on the lower blade. The blade is bent about forty degrees from vertical about a third of the way down, this was done in antiquity; ritually "killed"?

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 9thC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Type series

    • Petersen L
  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 82.5 centimetres
    • Width: 43.6 centimetres (blade top)
    • Width: 8.7 centimetres (lower guard)
    • Height: 8.2 centimetres (grip)
  • Curator's comments

    A good example of a mid-Saxon sword with its fittings, Petersen Type L, similar to the Gilling and Hurbuck swords. According to the conservation report it was bent before loss, presumably in its scabbard. Radiography in the Lab shows the blade pattern. It was excavated in 1987 underwater by dragline in a gravel pit in alluvian Thames gravel along with two Iron Age swords now PRB 1995,0704.1 and 2.


  • Location

    Not on display

  • Condition

    fair, conserved in 1989 by Dept. Conservation. The iron has corroded to show the structure of the blade.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    Originally conserved in the British Museum with two Iron Age swords found at the same time for Tarmac; after an interval of some years stored in P.&R.B. the company agreed to donate the group.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number



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