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WP 1. Excavated Viking War Sword ca. 9th-10th Cent. AD

Verbal provenance of Northern Germany (possibly near the Viking Trade Center of Haithabu) and from a London UK private sword collection. Condition is superb for being excavated which points to it being found long ago in a pagan cremation grave or barrow. Textbook example of a Petersen Type H Viking Sword. Note gold wire inlay in cross guard. Pommel most likely had the same design but it has been obscured through ground action. Viking swords in any condition are extremely rare. Blade retains it’s temper and sharp edge. When you handle this sword the first thing that surprises you is how light and balanced it is. A true killing machine in the hands of a skilled warrior. Viking Swords were given names such as “Snake of the Byrnie”, “Leg Biter”, Leech of Wounds”, “Flame of Battle and “Hole Maker”. These swords were well made with some of their blades being imported from the Frankish Rhineland. The Vikings became prolific traders of these fine swords along with their slaves, amber and furs. There is a wide variety of intricately crafted hilts influenced by Scandinavian, Anglo-Saxon, Irish and Eastern European designs. One can only imagine the scenes of carnage and chaos that […]
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