Court of Common Pleas, CP 40/873, rot. 422
Term: Trinity 1480
Writ type: Detinue
Damages claimed: 40s
Case type: Detention of goods; Safe keeping
Pleading: Edward E. claims that John A. unjustly detains his goods and chattels to the value of 40s. EE says that at London on 20/03/1471, by the hands of John E. and Thomas G., he delivered to EE for safe keeping: 3¼ yards of black woollen cloth; 2 candelabra of latten; 40 yards of green say; one kitchen pot (cacabum); and three swords, one called a two hand sword, one called a bastard sword, and one called a buckler sword. EE says that JA now refuses to return these goods, and thus the present suit. Damages are claimed at 40s.
Pleading: JA defends and seeks licence to imparl as far as Michaelmas term 1480.
Postea text: postea 1 - further licence to imparl as far as Hilary term 1481. There is a marginal note next to this postea which says 'Discontinued and recorded by the court'.
From: 'CP40/873: Trinity term 1480', Court of common pleas: The National Archives, CP40: 1399-1500 (2010).
I've posted this here because it has a value attached, but actually the most interesting thing about this source is that it is quite early (1480) and refers to a 'two hand sword', a 'bastard sword' and a 'buckler sword'! I have never heard the latter term before, but given the order these three are listed in I suppose we may be looking at a two-hander, a hand-and-a-half and a one-hander.