Lot 1044: Viking Firesteel with Birds
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 8th-10th century AD. A bronze openwork handle formed as a pair of opposed regardant geese(?) on a baseline flanking a standing stem and loop, iron shoe inset to the lower edge. Cf. Arbman, H. Birka I: Die Gräber, Uppsala, 1940, table 144, item 2. 63 grams, 62mm (2 1/2"). Property of an American collector; acquired 1980-2000.
Condition Report: Fine condition.