A Rare Viking Sword Of Petersen Type S And Wheeler Type III

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Lot 86
A Rare Viking Sword Of Petersen Type S And Wheeler Type III
10th/11th Century

£ 3,500 - 4,000
US$ 4,700 - 5,300
A Rare Viking Sword Of Petersen Type S And Wheeler Type III
10th/11th Century
In excavated condition, with broad slightly tapering blade (some small repairs) retaining fragments of its original wooden scabbard overall, slender tapering flat tang retaining two twisted silver wire rings from the grip binding, hilt comprising crossguard of arched rounded form, and two-piece pommel retaining an original strand of twisted silver wire on each side, the upper part of trilobite form
78 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • See J.G. Peirce, Swords of the Viking Age, 2002, pp. 19, 100-107. The illustrations on pp. 104-5 show the hilt of a sword in the British Museum with similar twisted wire on its pommel. See also Lech Marek, Early Medieval Swords from Central and Eastern Europe, 2005, pp. 32-3 for a discussion of the decoration and distribution of swords of this type
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