Lot 1153: Viking 'Longship' Firesteel with Chain
December 7, 2016
Harwich, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 9th-11th century AD. An iron firesteel with rectangular-section shank returned at one end and looped with attached S-link chain; 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. 98 grams, firesteel: 10.4cm (4"). Property of a London businessman, from his grandfather's collection formed after World War II; thence by descent 1972. [No Reserve]
Condition Report: Fine condition.