SOLD A SUPERB 11TH CENTURY MEDIEVAL SWORD WITH LOVELY AGE PATINA.
OVERALL GOOD CONDITION FOR ITS AGE.
TO ME HAS A REMARKABLY ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE, BALANCE AND FEEL TO IT WHEN YOU HANDLE IT,
Have had this in my collection for many moons. .the guy I originally bought it from said something similar.However as I am no expert on Medieval Weapons so decided to seek various opinions which ranged from possibly an original Medieval sword to a modern copy... HOWEVER easily the majority opinion was that it was a Victorian Copy....when I first purchased it I showed to a dealer who both he and his father have been dealing in antique weapons for decades, and it was he who was adamant it was a Victorian Copy....Also recently sent the photos without any comment to a gentleman of considerable Antiques Knowledge who has runs an Antiques Centre in the Lake District, his response was "it is 19 th century patination on the sword" . Another example ...a while ago a leading auction house had the same sword in auction although in poor condition compared with this one and again it was described as a "Victorian Copy".(Can email a link to the auction if anyone would like it). Please refer photos for best description
Was directed to "Oakshot" who wrote a definitive treatise on Medieval Swords and Oakshot describes this is type X flat blade, the flat blade pattern according to Oakshot was favoured by the Vikings ( apparently something to do with deflecting another blade) and was used up to the 13th century.For more info please refer...
During Victorian period as a number of items of Medieval Arms and Armour were made in early Victorian times by skilled craftsmen using the same materials and techniques as used in the Middle Ages following a Medieval Romantique Revival in Victorian Culture but were not made for the everyday person but made to refurbish Castles and Stately Homes.If we were sure this was an original 11th century item you could several 000 to the price.
Allegedly some of the best Victorian copies of the Medieval Swords both in quality of manufacture and historical accuracy were made at the Toledo in Spain,On this sword you can just make out a toledo stamp on the blade.
Apparently it has been known for Victorian Copies of Medieval Swords swords either mistakenly or otherwise to sell as original Medieval Swords at a corresponding price!!!
There is some age pitting and a a chip to one side of the pommel, there is a slight bend to the hilt, some leather wrapping to the top of the wire hilt binding, and there is a slight fraying of a very thin leather spacer? between the top of the guard and the pommel and a ding to the wire guard which appears to have caused by a sword blade .... all indicative of some real age to the item.
If this was on a castle wall you would not know it was not 11th Century These now Quite Rare and usually Quality Manufacture and Historically Accurate Victorian Copies are actually collected in their own right....
Blade length about 76 cm, hilt length about 18cm.
Overall a lovely age patina with very fine salt and pepper pitting overall. If you want to own a British sword that looks and feels like an 11th Century sword for a mere fraction of a 11th century sword price....this is for you.
Being perfectly truthful would not be at all miffed it id did not sell...
Postage UK Courier About £25. Will post Worldwide... if overseas please email for a postage quote.
Please note you must be at least 18 years of age to buy this item.
As a collector I like to treat people as I would like to be treated,if you are not entirely satisfied with a purchase you can return the item for a refund, but we do not refund postage.Thanks.You must be at least 18 years of age to buy this item.