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LOT 0456

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GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,860 - 9,150
USD ($) 7,660 - 10,210

Bid History: 2   |   Current bid: £5,900
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Merovingian Sword with Garnet Inlaid Hilt

5th-6th century AD

A two-edged sword comprising a lentoid-section iron parallel-sided blade with broad pointed tip; bronze rectangular lower guard with gilding to reverse and garnet cloisonné to the obverse, tubular bronze grip with rectangular cell and inset garnet cloison, biconvex agate disc with washer and retaining pin through the tang; mounted on a custom-made stand. 4.6 kg total, 87cm including stand (34 1/4"). Very fine condition. Battle notches to the edges.

Provenance
From the family collection of a South East London collector; formerly acquired in the late 1950s; accompanied by a metallurgic analytical report written by Metallurgist Dr. Brian Gilmour of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, report number 134792.

Literature
For garnet cloisonné lower guard see Menghin, W. Das Schwert im Frühen Mittelalter, Stuttgart, 1983, item 47 (Arcy - St. Restitue, France ) and 56 (Planig, Germany, grave 1).


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Bid History: 2   |   Current bid: £5,900

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Auction Venue:
The May Fair Hotel London
Stratton Street
Mayfair London, W1J 8LT

Viewing from noon Monday 27th May 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 28th May 2019 (Day 1)
10am : Lots 1 - 660

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The Court House
363 Main Road
Harwich, CO12 4DN

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Lots 700 - 1400
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