WP 5. Viking/Anglo Saxon Sword ca. mid 10th Cent. AD
This Jan Petersen Type S Broad Sword with a three lobed pommel dates from a time of extreme conflict between the Saxons and Vikings in England. Particularly the reign of King Athelstan. Saxon and Danish Swords of this period share the same typology. Cross guard is decorated with two rows of shallow pellets inlaid with gold. Total length of 36.5″. Blade has a smooth surface with evident carbonation. Note silver inlaid orb or circle on the blade. Most likely a forgers mark. Very good condition, possibly a river find. Part of a long time London, England collection formed in the late 1940’s-1950’s thence by family descent. Accompanied by metallurgical analytical report # 114366/569 written by Dr.Brian Gilmour of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, Oxford University.