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LOT 0349

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GBP (£) 200 - 300
EUR (€) 230 - 350
USD ($) 250 - 370

Sold for (Inc. bp): £390

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VIKING AGE CURVED T-SHAPED AXEHEAD
9TH-12TH CENTURY A.D.

A T-shaped iron axehead with broad curved edge, slender neck, round flared socket with lateral wings to each face and round extension on the rear. 6 3/4 in. (482 grams, 17 cm). Very fine condition, professionally cleaned, conserved and restored. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Property of a London businessman, from his grandfather's collection formed after World War II; thence by descent 1972.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Sedov, B.B., Finno-Ugri i Balti v Epokhi Srednevekovija, Moscow, 1987, pl.CX, item 43.

FOOTNOTES:
These axes are typical of Baltic workmanship. During this age, the axes were the favourite weapons of many Baltic peoples. including the Curonian army which included lightly armed soldiers who fought with spears, shields, fighting knives and axes. A heavily armed soldier could also carry a sword, a helmet, a shield, and a wide-bladed axe.