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LOT 1245

Estimate
GBP (£) 1,800 - 2,400
EUR (€) 2,130 - 2,840
USD ($) 2,300 - 3,060

IRON AGE CELTIC LA TENE II SWORD
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY BC
30 1/2" (Iron, 515 grams, 78 cm).

A hand-forged iron sword in its scabbard; the blade broad and parallel-sided with rounded point and central strengthening rib; the tang rectangular-section; the scabbard fragmentary, with scrolled upper edge, decorated with lightly incised design of circles with opposed birds above, roundels and geometric designs.

PROVENANCE:
From an important West Country collection.

LITERATURE:
Cf. the sword and scabbard from Bugthorpe, Yorkshire, England in Smith, R.A. British Museum Guide to Early Iron Age Antiquities, fig.124

CONDITION