A rare find of a bronze age rapier sword blade, approximately 3,500 years old, was donated to Torquay Museum by two members of the Newton Abbot and District Metal Detecting Club. The rapier sword was found locally near a site which had been inhabited for a period of at least 5,000 years, dating back from the Neolithic period to the present day. The nearby site had been excavated in 1958 by Exeter University where a burial site containing skeletons and artefacts were found.
The curator of Torquay Museum was excited about the find, as rapier sword blades are extremely rare and it was an item that the museum did not possess. The blade itself is bent and the tip is missing. it appears that this would have been deliberate. It is believed that a rapier sword would have been a very important and personal item. When the owner passed away the blade would have been deliberately broken, making it unusable. The handle would have been made either from wood or bone but this would have perished over the years.
The rapier sword blade being presented to Torquay Museum
on 12th March 2014
by Eve and Colin.
Eve and Colin said they felt very privileged and fortunate to have been lucky enough to find such an important item.
The rapier sword blade will be displayed amongst other important finds in the area. This includes a bronze age axe head, previously donated to the museum by another member of the Newton Abbot and District Metal Detecting Club, Alan Miller.