Sword: 14th century

Sword: 14th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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Medieval iron sword with a round pommel on the end of the handle. This sword was found in the river Thames. Originally with wood and leather scabbard and silver mounts. This sword was found during the building of the first Westminster Bridge in 1742. It must have been lost or deliberately thrown into the river in its scabbard. Although the wood and leather scabbard itself had rotted away the silver mounts by which it was attached to the sword belt were still in place on the blade. The upper mount is engraved with a stag's head and the words "wist.i wist.i" ("I knew, I knew") – probably the family crest and motto of the knight who owned the sword.

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