A Rare Viking Sword Of Petersen Type D
Lot 57
A Rare Viking Sword Of Petersen Type D
Sold for £27,500 (US$ 46,222) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Rare Viking Sword Of Petersen Type D
9th Century
In excavated condition, with double-edged blade with wide shallow fuller over nearly its entire length along both sides to the point, hilt comprising thick ovoidal cross-piece incised with scrolled decoration and pierced on either side with a dome-headed rivet on copper-alloy washers, flat tapering tang retaining the original ovoidal copper-alloy grip mounts above and below and with notched borders, and two-piece trilobate pommel with copper-alloy mounts en suite including small circles on each side forming eyes
73 cm. blade, 88.7 cm. overall


  • Provenance:
    Found in 1887 in the mouth of the River Thieles, a tributary of the Neuenburgersee, Switzerland
    Boissonas Collection
    Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, 25 November 1959, lot 118

    Jean Boissonas, Alte Waffen Aus Der Schweiz, Sammlung Charles Boissonas, 1910, p. 18, no. 107, pl. XXV
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 29, pp. 47, 68 and 70, figs. 9 and 13

    A related sword is preserved in the Bayerishes National Museum, Munich
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