A Rare Medieval Hand-And-A-Half Sword Of Oakeshott Type XX

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Lot 138
A Rare Medieval Hand-And-A-Half Sword Of Oakeshott Type XX
Mid-15th Century

£ 8,000 - 10,000
US$ 10,000 - 13,000
A Rare Medieval Hand-And-A-Half Sword Of Oakeshott Type XX
Mid-15th Century
In excavated condition, with broad tapering double-edged blade with double shallow central fullers forming a narrow medial ridge over two thirds of its length on each side, hilt comprising spatulate horizontally recurved quillons with bevelled edges, the shaped quillon-tips and either side of the rectangular quillon-block decorated with incised lines, long flat tapering tang, and stopper-shaped pommel of fluted octagonal section deeply cut with three rectangular recesses on one side
99 cm. blade, 124.5 cm. overall

Footnotes

  • For a very similar example formerly in the Ewart Oakeshott Collection see Ewart Oakeshott, Records Of The Medieval Sword, 1991, p. 211, XX.4. The quillons, a modified version of Oakeshott's Style 11 are almost identical to those on a very fine bearing sword in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum, Munich, ibid, p. 191, XVIIIa.5
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