London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A GROUP OF EUROPEAN BRONZE SWORDS AND RAPIER BLADES
BRONZE AGE, 16TH-12TH CENTURY B.C.
Comprising three bronze rapiers with swollen tapered blades, finely incised with concentric rings at the top of the blade and extended parallel lines, pierced hilts, 16th-14th Century B.C., 22¼ in. (56.6 cm.) long max.; three other blades with some attachment rivets remaining, circa 12th Century B.C., 22 in. (56 cm.) long max.; and eight bronze swords, the pierced flanged hilts with winged terminals, the blades with mainly broad mid-ribs, late 2nd/early 1st millennium B.C., 29 in. (73.6 cm.) long max., all mounted (14)
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H. Born and S. Hansen, Helme und Waffen Alteuropas: Sammlung Axel Guttmann, IX, Mainz, 2001, pp. 96-109, 204-205, 274-275, pls. 78, 80-84, 87, 156 and XVIII (AG 1017, 1023, 1025, 1027-1037).
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