A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type Xa With Highly Unusual Pommel Of Octahedron Form

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Lot 106
A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type Xa With Highly Unusual Pommel Of Octahedron Form
12th/13th Century

Sold for £ 5,000 (US$ 6,585) inc. premium
A Medieval Sword Of Oakeshott Type Xa With Highly Unusual Pommel Of Octahedron Form
12th/13th Century
In excavated condition, with broad double-edged blade with narrow central fuller over most of its length on each side to the rounded point, hilt comprising straight quillons of slight octagonal section swelling at the tang, and large pommel drawn-out to blunt points
85.5 cm. blade, 103.3 cm. overall

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Sotheby's Olympia, Fine Antique Arms, Armour & Militaria, 10 July 2002, lot 60

    The quillons conform to Oakeshott's Style 3

    A sword with a similar blade and pommel is in the Army Museum, Riga, Latvia

    For other examples with pommels of related form see Hugo Schneider and Karl Stüber, Waffen in Schweizerischen Landesmuseum, Griffwaffen I , 1980, cat. no. 21; and Christie's London, The Collection of Arms and Armour of The Late Dacre Kendrick Edwards, Eqr..., 25 April 1961, lot 145
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