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Basket-hilted sword


This basket-hilted sword, about a metre long, was excavated from beneath the sterncastle in 1982 during work to dig the tunnels to secure the lifting wires needed to raise the ship.

Measuring approximately one metre in length, it survived considerably more intact than some of the other iron objects. This is predominantly because it was crushed and buried within the anaerobic sediments beneath the ship.

A similar basket-hilted sword appears in a portrait of William Palmer, dated to about 1540, where he is dressed as a member of the Gentlemen Pensioners, a corps established by Henry VIII as his personal bodyguard.