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Lot 1571: Viking Double-Edged Sword

Antiquities: Day 3

by TimeLine Auctions

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 9th century AD. A hand-forged double-edge sword with gently tapering blade and broad, rounded point; the hilt fittings of Petersen's Type H with narrow (65mm) lower guard and large D-shaped pommel; the blade with deep fuller to each face, of piled construction with broad, flat-section tang; the lower guard scaphoid in plan with inlaid copper-alloy wires in parallel vertical lines; the upper guard secured to the pommel with two pins to the underside. See Peirce, I. Swords of the Viking Age, Woodbridge, 2002, p.52-55. 884 grams, 89cm overall (35"). From an important German collection; acquired in the 1970s. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate. A similarly-decorated example was recovered from the River Maas near Kessel, Noord-Brabant, Holland and published in Peirce (plate V").

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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