Arms & Armor Edward III
Original: English, middle of the 14th century
A sword surfaced in the late 19th century in Spain. Its form dates to the mid 14th century while its rich decoration and heraldry link it to the English royal family. The addition of the badge of the Order of the Garter can be used to link it directly to the figure of Edward III
. Based on an unproven link to a notorious maker of fakes, Louis Marcy, it was condemned for the greater part of the 20th century as a fake (partially or wholly). Scientific tests in the 1990s proved that all its components are dateable to the 14th century or thereabouts and not the late 19th century, establishing its authenticity. This magnificent sword currently rests in a private collection.
Arms & Armor has recreated this sword, though with some concessions made in the interest of keeping the costs down. The hilt components and grip fillets are of bronze, with the pommel and guard plated with gold. One side of the pommel shows the arms of England, painted red and blue on a purplish background. The grip is wrapped in black leather. The Type XVIIIa
blade is etched on both sides with the badge of the Order of the Garter. One side of the blade also bears a portcullis, a heraldic mark later associated with English royalty.
Please read our hands-on reviews for further information:
Review by Russ Ellis
, Review by Chad Arnow
Overall length: 42"
Weight: 3.8 pounds
Width of guard: 8.5"
Blade: 33" long; 2.5" wide tapering to 1"
Grip and pommel: 8"
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~21" from guard
Maker: Arms & Armor
Inspired by a sword in a private collection.