Double-edged German sword: c.1520
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Double-edged sword. The hand-guard is in a figure-of-eight loop. There is a small gilded shield on the hilt. This sword's double-edged blade has three shallow fullers running along the entire length, which suggests that the blade might have been shortened or ground down in its working lifetime. The shield on the grip is engraved with the Imperial Eagle of Germany and the hilt is of a type associated with infantrymen and Landsknechts (German mercenaries) in the 1520s. This sword was found near Westminster Palace landing stage and might have been lost by one of Emperor Charles V's entourage when he visited London in 1522.
1520 AD - 1530 AD