The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Sword
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • 12th century
  • Iron and steel
  • Length: 84.7 cm
    Width: 5.1 cm
    Weight: 0.68 kg
  • A458
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Sword, the hilt composed of a flat, disc-shaped pommel; lightly fashioned guard thickening at the ends, and curving slightly towards the blade. The flat tang widens towards the guard. The grip is missing. The two-edged blade tapers slightly, is much corroded and like the hilt, very thin, with a central fuller on both sides.

    There seems to be no reason to believe that the medieval swords, nos. A458, 463-5, are necessarily English as stated in early editions of the Wallace Collection catalogue. Two of them come from the Nieuwerkerke Collection and so were probably continental finds.
    The circular pommel A458 is quite flat, often a feature of Italian examples.