A 17th-century Hounslow mortuary sword in Gunnersbury Park Museum
A sword mill was established in Hounslow, Middlesex, in about 1630, and appears to have ground and polished blades of various types until its closure during the Civil Wars (1642-9). It reopened for a brief spell later in the century but closed finally in 1670.
This paper describes a sword blade which bears the inscription of the Hounslow mill, HOVN ME FACIT, Houn(slow) makes me. It is mounted in a mortuary hilt a name given by 19th-century collectors to a type of hilt often decorated with busts which were believed, erroneously, to be portraits of King Charles I and his queen, Henrietta Maria.
[Transactions 35 (1984), pp 81 5; abstract by Francis Grew, 06-Nov-1997]
Home /Lectures /Conferences /Publications /Archives /Benefits of membership /Links