Lot 1151: Viking 'Longship' Firesteel
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 10th-12th century AD. A hand-forged iron firesteel with rectangular-section shank returned at one end and looped; above the shank a panel of meander-pattern flat-section rod and frame. Cf. Arbman, H. Birka I: Die Gräber, Uppsala, 1940, plate 144, items 3a, 3b for type. 112 grams, 14cm (5 1/2"). Property of a London businessman, from his grandfather's collection formed after World War II; thence by descent 1972.
Condition Report: Fine condition, usage wear.