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Sword: M.20-1947

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Bronze sword, Long heavy blade, leaf-shaped and flenged at the edges. The sword is of the 'peaked' style, in reference to the way in which the ridge of the blade runs up onto the tang in a sharp point or peak.


History note: From a gravel pit at Badlingham, Chippenham, Cambridgeshire

Legal notes

Given by Miss Philippa Tharp in memory of her brother Flying / Officer John D.A. Tharp (1922-43)

Measurements and weight

Length: 69.0 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1947) by Tharp, Philippa, Miss


Bronze Age
Production date: circa 900 BC


The general form of the sword is similar to several found in Cambridgeshire and Northants, notably at Wilburton (Cambridge) and Ewart Park (Northants).

Components of the work

Blade composed of bronze Striking Point Width 15.5 cm

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.20-1947
Primary reference Number: 18809
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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