A Fine Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type XVII
Lot 76
A Fine Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type XVII
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 19,404) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Fine Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type XVII
A Fine Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type XVII
Mid-Late 14th Century
In fine excavated condition with blackened river finish overall, with sharply tapering double-edged blade of flattened hexagonal section with central fuller over half its length on both sides, each fuller with latten-filled orb and cross shaped mark at the forte and mid-section where the fuller ends, hilt comprising flat slightly arched quillons widening at the ends, flat tapering tang incised with a series of 'X' marks, and large compressed chamfered wheel pommel (incomplete on one side)
87.5 cm. blade, 111.8 cm. overall

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Ewart Oakeshott Collection
    Exchanged with H. Russell Robinson for a Japanese full armour, London, March 1956

    Literature:
    Ewart Oakeshott, The Archaeology Of Weapons, 1960, p. 312, pl. 16
    idem, Records Of The Medieval Sword, 1991, p. 160, XVII.2, illustrated
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 52, pp. 35, 80 and 83, figs. 7 and 20

    The quillons conform to Oakeshott's Style 6 with a pommel of Type H.1

Saleroom notices

  • There is a latten-filled crozier-shaped mark on each side of the blade at the mid point
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