Date Made/Found: Around 900
Material and Medium: Iron, silver
Dimensions: Width 76mm (across sword guard), length 902mm
Place Object Found:
Accession Number: J1954.3
This Anglo-Saxon sword has a pattern-welded blade. Several bars of iron were welded together to make a single bar which was then twisted and beaten flat. The cutting edges were made of two extra bars, welded to either side. This structure made a very strong blade. The handle is decorated with silver fittings.
Anglo-Saxon society valued warriors. Men enjoyed hunting and fighting. Most men owned spears rather than swords. They also used shields to protect themselves from attack. Only an important person would have owned a sword like this.
It was found in the River Witham, near Fiskerton, Lincolnshire, by a Sheffield boy, Walter Newsome, during a fishing trip.
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