The Sword is symbolic of courage; justice; martyrdom; military or warfare.
Rest my son in thy far off grave.
You died for your country like a hero brave.
In the days when the sword was a principle weapon of battle they were often regarded as magical objects with supernatural properties. Warrior tombs feature swords as a mark of the dead’s profession or as a sign that the deceased was cut down in battle. A broken sword represents a life cut short.
Crossed swords commemorate a high ranking military person; or a life lost in battle. They are often seen on the gravestones of veterans, especially officers.
- An inverted sword is symbolic of death in battle; a relinquishment of power; or victory.
- A sword within its sheath represents temperance.
- Archangels sometimes carry swords as a symbol of God’s Judgement in the life to come.
- A superstition predicts death if a sword falls from its scabbard.
- An oath made on a sword was as binding as one made on a Bible.