English/European 14th Century Infantry Archer’s Short Sword Dagger

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A terrifically rare and original English/European 14th Century Infantry Archer's Short Sword Dagger.  This sword was excavated in Belgium some years ago and is of a type that would have been carried by an ordinary infantry soldier or archer in the field.  It could be either described as a short sword or a very large dagger but would have been the owner's last line of defence. Typically, archers carried this type of weapon and would have used it in defence once they had used all their arrows.  It is of very simple form as would be expected and comprises a rounded pommel pommel and crossguard finial.  To the other side is an upwardly curving "hook" that fits perfectly around the finger and would have steadied the hand.  The grip would have been bound in wood, overlaid with strips of leather.  Condition is very good and there has been no breakages - in stabilised condition.

Most Medieval swords now in museums

This is a very rare and unusual piece and very few weapons from the Medieval period have survived and most now reside in museums.  Blade length is 15 inches (20.5 inches overall).

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