European Sword Dated: late 14th or early 15th century Culture: European, probably Italian The hilt with a finger guard and marked with the date 1432. According to the Oakeshott typology the blade is an Oakeshott Type XIX, the pommel Oakeshott Type G while the cross-guard is an Oakeshott Type 5. The blade appears to feature some Arabic inscriptions.The Arabic inscription states that the sword was given to the Arsenal of Alexandria by an Egyptian Sultan, 1432.
Unknown sword smith, half of century, France or England. Although in excavated condition, this archetypal late-medieval fighting sword has survived extraordinarily well. It may well have been carried into battle during the Hundred Years War.