Post by Jack Loomes on Nov 10, 2013 6:10:41 GMT
Dated: Circa 1400
Overall Length 120cm
The sword features an elegant blade of pronounced flattened hexagonal section tapering to a long narrow point. Both sides are inlaid with a series of latten marks within the shallow fuller at the forte. The marks represent an orb, a single letter repeated and an ecclesiastical crosier possibly.
The hilt is formed of a rounded crosspiece swelling slightly over the length of both halves towards the tips. The pommel, of slightly compressed wheel form, comes with angular lower sides, a central recess on each face and capped by the original moulded rectangular washer, and is fitted with an early wooden two-stage grip bound with leather over cord.
A few comparable swords in equally good condition have been preserved in the arsenal of Alexandria. These swords normally bear an inscription in Arabic script. An example from the Alexandria arsenal comparable to the sword at hand can be found today in the Royal Armouries in Leeds (IX.915).
For more information on Oakeshott Type XVII Swords please see this extract from Ewart Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword: sword-site.com/thread/175/oakeshott-type-records-medieval-sword