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Sword, Dagger and Musket
C1000 BC Bronze Age decorated sword blade fragment
C1000 BC Bronze Age sword blade fragment
c1000 BC Bronze Age sword blase fragment
Medieval sword blade
c 550 AD Saxon gold dagger pommel
Early medieval sword pommel
The pommel, which is hollow and is curved at the base, has 5 lobes and appears to be of the Peterson L Type VI variety (Peterson 1919)
The pommel is of probable Viking/Anglo-Scandinavian origin, a hybrid of both Saxon and Viking styles and dates from the 9th to 11th century
Medieval dagger chapes
Post medieval dagger chape
1500-1700 belt slides
16th/17thC sword hanger fittings
Post Medieval cast copper-alloy sword belt hanger plate from a sword belt, dating to the 16th century AD.
A post medieval copper alloy sword belt hanger dating to the 16th century
18thC bayonet scabbard tip
Medieval knife pommels
Roman knife pommels
Roman knife/dagger quillions
Medieval knife/dagger/ quillions and mace
Kiev style Knobbed Mace - c. 12th - 13th century
This mace is of a form found across Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia. Known as the Kirpichnikov Type IV, it originated in Kievan metal foundries and was based on a local adaptation of the Khazar mace type shown above - the Kirpichnikov Type I. The four upper and four lower corners of the Type I’s cube have extended outwards forming smaller knobs giving the Type IV twelve knobs (four large and eight small). These maces were first produced, mostly in bronze, in Kiev and other southern Rus cities. Many existing Kievan bronze examples are highly decorated with rings, lines and dots. Bronze maces were first exported and later copied (in both bronze and iron) throughout much of Europe. Examples are known from the Baltics, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, the Western Balkans, Germany, Sweden and England.
These maces are heavy and deadly and would be effective against not only against unarmoured or lightly armoured foes but against any armour of the time (c. 1100-1300). The Turkic peoples of this time usually wore lamellar armour of leather, horn, bronze or iron.
This mace is 5.3 cm in diameter and 2.2 cm high. The hole is 17mm in diameter. It has 12 pyramidal knobs in three rows of four - four four-sided knobs and eight three-sided knobs (half knobs). It is hollow cast and is roughly 3mm thick at the edges. The knobs are solid. It is 0.235 kg ).
Monster sized chuck of worked bronze - Traces of iron in the hole
There is another reference to a knobbed mace found in Hungary below
Small Hungarian Knobbed Mace - c. 12th-13th century
This small mace head comes from Hungary or its environs. I have found no exact parallel to this style although it is obviously a variation of the Kievan style of knobbed mace head seen above. The bronze construction and high quality imply that it could be an import from the Kiev area.
This small mace is 6cm in diameter and 2.9cm high. The hole is 2.6cm in diameter. It has 12 pyramidal knobs in two rows of six. It is hollow cast and is roughly 3mm thick at the edges. The knobs are not hollow. It is only 0.16kg (0.35 lbs). It is made of bronze.
Medieval dagger quillion
A cast copper alloy dagger guard dating from the late Medieval
Quillon guards would have been mounted on a dagger in between the blade and the handle, helping to protect the hand from a blow and also preventing it slipping down the blade
15thC knife handle
18thC sword qullion
17thC knife quillions