English arming sword letter opener — Royal Armouries collection


This English Arming Sword Letter Opener is part of our Royal Armouries Collection. A range of authentic arms and armour replicas which gives our customers the chance to own and display their own little piece of history. From the initial selection to the final prototype the museum's expert curators in armour and edged weapons have been personally involved. These replicas accurately capture the dimensions and materials of the original pieces in our collection, with a huge amount of attention to detail.

Medieval English Arming Swords are rare pieces to find and the site in which this sword was discovered in unknown. Despite that we know it is English in original due to its decoration and that it was produced in the mid-13th Century. The cross guard depicts mythical creatures including a Gryphon and Wyvern. It also, and importantly, depicts Babewyns, these are grotesque gargoyles with no bodies but a head and tiny legs, often used in architecture. Similar Babewyns to those on this sword are found in contemporary English manuscript illustrations.

This stunning replica comes in an attractive black Royal Armouries presentation box, to display your sword in the best possible way. It is also easily removable so can be used perfectly as a letter opener or paper knife.


  • Please be aware that under UK law you must be aged 18 or over to purchase any of our blades.
  • Select our Age Verification shipping option at checkout to proceed with purchase of any swords, daggers or letter openers.

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Museum Number: IX: 5614

Material: Metal

Packaging: Boxed



Total Length: 20.5cm

Blade Length: 16.5cm

Cross-Guard Width: 4cm

Blade Width (Base): 1.26cm

Not completely happy with your order?

You can return or exchange unwanted items up to 35 days after purchase.

The only items that we cannot accept are earrings for pierced ears and perishable items, such as food or drink.

If there is an issue with the product please contact the Royal Armouries online shop customer service team via email at shopping@armouries.org.uk

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If the item is unwanted or you cancel an order that has already been dispatched the return postage costs will be incurred by the customer.

If the item is faulty or you have been sent the wrong item then the postage cost will be incurred by the Royal Armouries. To ensure that you are refunded the correct amount please get a receipt from the post office and send us a copy via email, by either scanning the receipt or taking a photograph.

We recommend that you do get proof of postage for all items that you post to us as we are unable to take responsibility for returns that go missing in the post.

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