A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type X

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Lot 214
A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type X
11th/12th Century

Sold for £ 2,250 (US$ 2,765) inc. premium
A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type X
11th/12th Century
In excavated condition, with broad tapering blade with central shallow fuller over its entire length to the point (repaired tip and slightly reshaped) on each side, slightly arched quillons of tapering square section, flat tapering tang, and rounded Brazil-nut pommel
84.5 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sold in these Rooms, Antique Arms, Armour & Modern Sporting Guns, 25 July 2012, lot 143

    The pommel is of Oakeshott Type B and is found on swords that can be dated to circa 1150. Quillons of similar form (Oakeshott Style 1) are found on swords in Viking graves of the 10th century and were referred to by the Vikings as 'Gaddhjalt' (spike-hilt). See Ewart Oakeshott, The Sword In The Age Of Chivalry, 1964, pp. 93 and 113. For similar swords formerly in the Harold Peterson, R.T. Gwynn and Morgan Williams collections, see Ewart Oakeshott, Records Of The Medieval Sword, 1991, p. 41, XA. 6 and p. 54, XI. 1
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