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LOT 0280

GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,490 - 4,650
USD ($) 3,630 - 4,840

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£2,700 (EUR 3,140; USD 3,270) (+bp*)

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Bid History: 0
36 1/2 in. (1.2 kg, 93 cm).

A well-balanced iron long sword of Oakeshott Type Xa-XI with double-edged blade, gently tapering profile with round point, fitted with well-formed fullers running down to within a few centimetres from the point, cutting edges with evidence of use; parallel-sided straight lower guard (cross style 1a), expanding in the écusson to accommodate the medium tang, cocked-hat pommel of type C or D.

Acquired 1971-1972.
From the collection of the vendor's father.
Property of a London, UK, collector.
Accompanied by an academic report by military specialist Dr Raffaele D'Amato.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by search certificate no. 114443-196036.

Cf. Oakeshott, E., The sword in the Age of the Chivalry, Woodbridge, 1964(1994); Oakeshott, E., Records of the Medieval Sword, Woodbridge, 1991; the sword finds good parallel with a sword preserved in Museum fur Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin (Oakeshott, 1991, p.48) fitted with a same style pommel.

The sword belongs to Oakeshott Type XI of “war sword” or more probably to a transitory type between type Xa and type XI. Type XI has generally been held to belong to the period of c. 1120-1200/1220, but since 1964, research has given it a much earlier dating, going back to Anglo-Saxon times (Oakeshott, 1964/1994, p.32). A beautiful sword of this type was found in a Suffolk ditch at Fornham, on the site of a battle fought in 1173 A.D. between Henry II and the Earl of Leicester.