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    Sale 5427

    Antique Arms & Armour

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 130

    A MEDIEVAL SWORD

    SECOND HALF OF THE 12TH FIRST HALF OF THE 13TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A MEDIEVAL SWORD
    SECOND HALF OF THE 12TH / FIRST HALF OF THE 13TH CENTURY
    In excavated condition, with double-edged blade, the outer face inscribed 'In Nomine Domini' ('In the name of the Lord') three times in copper Roman letters within the long fuller and the inscriptions punctuated by four crosses potent inlaid in brass, the inner face inlaid with a single cross potent, slender crosspiece of rectangular section tapering to narrow tips, boat-shaped pommel, and the tang retaining an early wood fragment.
    33 3/8in (84.6cm) blade


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    For a survey of swords with both similar and related inscriptions see A. Anteins, 'Im Ostbaltikum genfundene Schwerter mit damaszierten Klingen', Waffen-und Kostümkunde, 1966, heft 2, pp.111-125.

    Also see R. Ewart Oakeshott, The Sword in the Age of Chivalry, London, 1964, pp.140-141.

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