Henry VIII sabre letter opener — Royal Armouries collection


Based on the original Henry VIIl Sabre (IX.634), which is part of the museum's collection, and dates to 1500AD, this miniature replica is produced from stainless steel and features a slightly curved grip and a 'beaked' pommel. The cross-guard exhibits a serpentine design which leads to a, 24cm long, curved blade (which is blunt for safety). The fuller of the blade is shallow and runs two-thirds of its length.

Weapons such as the original Sabre are illustrated in Flemish or South German manuscripts and the engraving on this particular blade has been compared to that visible on the armour of King Henry VIII (II.5).

Sabres are a type of backsword which have a single edged blade and usually a large guard to protect the hand. Although more commonly used in relatively modern warfare of the 19th Century, sabre-like, curved backswords date back to the early medieval period.

With the Henry VIII Sabre Letter Opener you can take home your own miniature piece of history. Complete with a Royal Armouries presentation box, this stylish mini sword is perfect for use as a letter opener or purely for decorative value, and will take pride of place in any home.


  • Please be aware that under UK law you must be aged 18 or over to purchase any of our blades.
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Museum Number: IX.634

Material: Stainless Steel

Packaging: Boxed

Packaging Dimensions: Approx. 34.5 x 9 x3cm

Scabbard: No



Total Length: 31.5cm

Cross-Guard Width: 5cm

Blade Width (Base): 1cm

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

Return postage and fees

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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