This frame contains a hand-forged, British-found Swallowtail Broadhead Arrowhead dating from the 14th century AD. The arrowhead is of type H4 (Jessop, Medieval Arrowheads Typology, 1997) and was used for hunting game in the ancient British fields and forests.
The broadhead was designed to maximise the cutting edge and inflict as much damage to the target as possible, while the backwards-facing barbs would ensure that the arrow remained in the animal, impeding its escape.
Tastefully framed in hand-finished gold, the outer frame measures c. 33cm x 27 cm
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MEDIEVAL SWALLOWTAIL ARROWHEAD
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.