Northern Europe, Scandinavia, Viking, ca. 10th century CE. A fine example of a forged-iron broad sword bearing a double-edged blade with a straight profile and no fuller. The uniform blade tapers until terminating at a pointed tip and has a bulbous rectangular hand guard surmounting the top of the shoulder. The handle features a narrow profile meant to accommodate a single hand - presumably whilst the other wielded a shield - and the stocky pommel exhibits a trio of rounded lobes protruding from an ovoid bottom section. Size: 37" L x 3.875" W (94 cm x 9.8 cm)
Provenance: ex-estate of Eldert Bontekoe, Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, acquired before 2000
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Pommel reattached to top of handle, with chips and light adhesive residue along break lines. Chipping and small areas of loss to blade edges and faces, hand guard, handle, and pommel, with bending to blade profile, and several stable fissures. Nice patina throughout. Blade is very fragile.