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English Medieval Sword, 15th Century | Medieval Swords

English Medieval Sword, 15th Century | Medieval Swords

This Tewkesbury medieval english sword is a classic example of a late medieval long cut and thrust sword, named after the historic fight. Although this lovely, inexpensive hand and a half sword (also known as a bastard sword) is not a full-scale replica of any historical original from this great English battle, it does have the characteristics of a traditional late medieval longsword and is modeled after the swords most likely wielded on both sides of the conflict at the time.

The long, double-edged blade is forged from hardened, heat-treated EN45 spring steel. It tapers gently towards the apex and is fluted on both sides for about half its length, with a flattened diamond-shaped cross-section towards the apex. The edges are not sharpened and the continuous blade tang is screwed to the end of the handle.

The hilt consists of a handle with a wooden core and black leather wrapping, a flattened steel crossguard and an elongated, sixfold faceted wad pommel, also made of steel, with slightly concave sides. A cross is embedded in the pommel on one side. The guard is approx. 23 cm long and 0.5 cm thick. Its ends are flared and each decorated with a cut-out cross.

The late medieval hand and a half sword is delivered with a black wood/leather scabbard with a blued steel locket and chape.

This sword is not battle-ready, as it is said. It is intended as a collector's piece or ornamental object, but it can also be used as a prop to finish your outfit.


  • Blade made of spring steel EN45 (high carbon steel, not stainless), guard and pommel made of steel, grip made of wood with leather wrapping
  • Total length: approx. 118 cm
  • Blade length: approx. 90 cm
  • Handle length: approx. 25 cm (handle section approx. 19 cm)
  • Max. blade width: approx. 5.5 cm
  • Center of gravity: approx. 12.5 cm in front of the guard
  • Includes wooden scabbard with genuine leather cover and steel fittings
  • Weight without sheath: approx. 1.8 kg
  • Weight with sheath: approx. 2.4 kg

The specifications above may vary slightly from copy to copy.

The steel used here is not stainless and may show slight signs of corrosion. We recommend that you regularly care for the blade and sheath, e.g. with Ballistol, a universal oil that is ideal for preserving steel goods.

The Wars of the Roses (1455-1485) were a series of warfare between the noble houses of York and Lancaster for the English crown. Both families were descended from the Plantagenets, a European governing family that had dominated England for three centuries. The roses on both warring families' crests - white for the Yorks and red for the Lancasters - gave rise to these civil wars (interspersed with brief periods of relative peace). The family feud eventually led to the fall of the House of Plantagenet and the rise of the House of Tudor after 30 years of political maneuvering and appalling bloodshed.

The Battle of Tewkesbury, fought on May 4, 1471, was a resounding victory for the House of York. It came to an end with the death of the young Lancastrian crown prince Edward of Wales, allowing King Edward IV to rule without opposition for the first time in this multi-generational warfare, and ushering in England's longest period of political peace. When Edward IV died in 1483, however, power battles for the crown erupted once more.

General Specifications
Material EN45 spring steel
Length 118 cms
Scabbard Yes
Sharp No
Blade Size 90 cms
Weight Without Scabbard : ca. 1,8 kg, With Scabbard : ca. 2,4 kg

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  • Model: 911168
  • Weight: 2.50kg
Ex Tax: 120.58€
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