A Viking Sword Of Petersen Type M And Wheeler Type I

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Lot 51
A Viking Sword Of Petersen Type M And Wheeler Type I
9th/10th Century

Sold for £ 7,500 (US$ 9,270) inc. premium
A Viking Sword Of Petersen Type M And Wheeler Type I
9th/10th Century
In excavated condition, with broad pattern-welded double-edged blade with shallow central fuller over nearly its entire length on each side, hilt comprising short flat ovoidal cross-guard, flat tapering tang, and shorter pommel en suite with the guard surmounted by a rectangular button on a rectangular washer
74.8 cm. blade, 86.5 cm. overall

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Found in the River Seine near the Isle de la Cité
    Acquired from Robert-Jean Charles, Paris, 1952

    Literature:
    Hoffmeyer, cat. no. 24, pp. 35, 67 and 69, figs. 7 and 12

    See J. Petersen, De Norske Vikingesverd, 1919; R.E. Mortimer Wheeler, London and The Vikings, London Museum Catalogue: No. 1, 1927, pp. 31-32, fig. 13, I; and for very similar examples see Ian Peirce, Swords Of The Viking Age, 2002, pp. 84-86
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