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Sword may have belonged to Knights Templar

June 21, 2019 | Comment icon 13 comments



The Knights Templar were thought to have dug out the Caynton caves. Image Credit: Karl Friedrich Lessing
A sword discovered 30 years ago in a cave has turned out to be a lot more significant than previously thought.
The rusty blade was originally found by Mark Lawton in Shropshire's Caynton caves in the 1980s.

It wasn't until he decided to send the sword to a local auctioneers to get it evaluated that he learned that it likely belonged to the Knights Templar - a secretive and influential medieval monastic order.

It was certified by militaria specialist Caroline Dennard of Halls Fine Art, Shrewsbury.
"This is certainly a rare object and one which has all the hallmarks of a genuine sword from the 13th Century," she said. "In populated areas knights were the only people authorised by the King to carry weapons so it is a probable assumption that this was owned and carried by a Knight - and perhaps, given the discovery in Caynton caves in Shifnal, even a Templar."

Some historians believe that the caves had been carved out by the Knights Templar to act as a safe haven at a time when King Philip IV of France wanted to dismantle their order.

It is thought that the sword could fetch up to $1,900 at auction.

Source: Anglenews.com | Comments (13)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #4 Posted by South Alabam 3 years ago
You'd think just by the number in existence, which has to be low, even with file marks it would bring more. Kind of weird the way they value stuff, not to mention the Historical, and religious and legendary significance of it.
Comment icon #5 Posted by hetrodoxly 3 years ago
I live in Shropshire but never heard of this cave, you can see by this video why they were forgotten.  
Comment icon #6 Posted by AllPossible 3 years ago
$1900. ??? Wow you can't say fetch in & $1900 in the same sentence. Just doesn't correlate right lol
Comment icon #7 Posted by DirtyDocMartens 3 years ago
I'd pay $1900 for it, and I'm dead broke.
Comment icon #8 Posted by godnodog 3 years ago
You want templar swords, come to Portugal, we've got plenty of these
Comment icon #9 Posted by Piney 3 years ago
In better shape. Which is probably why it isn't worth much.  It could of belonged to any hedge knight or man-at-arms. The whole "Templar" part is purely a guess. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by qxcontinuum 3 years ago
A samurai sword from WW2 would fetch more money at auction
Comment icon #11 Posted by hetrodoxly 3 years ago
I don't think they're that rare, here's an interesting one, The sword was discovered in the 19th century in the River Witham near Lincoln in northern England. While the sword’s design is similar to others found and depicted in illuminated manus from the same period, it has several distinctive features, namely an inion down the length of the blade. Written in gold wire inlaid on one side of the blade, the inion has baffled scholars for more than a century. It appears to read “+NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+” and experts believe it has religious significance, writes Harrison. However, the language it was w... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by skliss 3 years ago
Thanks for adding the link with the picture of the 2nd sword. The bit at the end about the cross potent was interesting. As for the inion...maybe it's the knights name in Welsh..isn't that what Welsh looks like? Just kiddin'.....   
Comment icon #13 Posted by hetrodoxly 3 years ago
“+NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI+” is a bit short for a Welsh word   it could be a Welsh village i think i've visited ;'LLANDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI' It says in the article 'X' could be a symbol for the Christian Cross, ND O CHWDRGHD ORVI, when i get the time i'll have to do some research 'ORVI' sounds familiar.


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