Flasby rapier MYD3943
This bronze rapier or short sword was discovered somewhere on Flasby Fell near Gargrave over a hundred years ago. It is a Wandsworth Type rapier and dates to around the middle of the Bronze Age. Originally it would have had bone or wooden hand-grips. Such weapons are rare and must have been highly prestigious items.
Manby, T G (1986) ‘The Bronze Age in Western Yorkshire’ in Manby, T & Turnbull, P (eds) (1986) Archaeology in the Pennines. Oxford: BAR British Series 158 pp55-126
Burgess, C B & Gerloff, S (1981) The Dirks and Rapiers of Great Britain and Ireland. Prahistorische Bronzefunde Abteilung IV, 7 Band. Munich: C H Beck’sche Verlagsbuchandlung