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#236 Anglo-Saxon Sword
This reproduction is based on a Anglo-Saxon sword from about the year 1000. This sword was found in riverbead of the Thames in two parts near Putney, south west of London. It is often referred to as the Wandsworth sword. The upper and lower guards are curved in shape and the pommel is of the three lobed variety. The center lobe being quite bulbous and the two outside lobes smaller and elongated.

This sword is dated to a time of struggle in the history of England. The clash of the Kingdom of Wessex and the Danelaw was ongoing throughout the period. The raiding of the coast by the Danish starting at the end of the 10th Century added to the troubles. There was quite a bit of conflict and a good sword would have been in high demand.

The original has a blade inlaid with INGELRII on one face and two groups of three bars on the opposite. There are many swords with such inscriptions in the blade from this period. They where made in many locals and almost certainly had significant meaning to those who produced and owned these weapons.

The modern person often finds the hilts of these swords to be unique in handling. There is a great discussion here about how these swords where wielded. This type X blade makes for a sword that feels quite light in the hand. It would be excellent for the style of combat of its day. Here are two interesting sources for what the combat of this type may well have looked likeHurstwic Sword and Shield Combat and You Tube of the Hammaborg Historischer Schwertkampf

Original: dated 960 AD - 1035 AD, Anglo-Saxon, Find place Thames at Wandsworth, Museum of London A2373, Click here to see picture of original.

Overall length: 33.75"; Blade Length: 28.6"; Blade Width: 1.6";
Grip Length: 3.4"; Balance Point: 5.35"; Weight: 1.97lbs

$850 + $44 shipping and handling

Production note: We had plans many years ago to do this sword. Our good friend and co-worker Richard Gatten had prototyped the parts and we where set to start. But, as so many times happens in life, it did not come to fruition. When we came across the prototypes he created it reminded us why we liked this sword, so finally here it is! Richard passed on several years ago but we hope he would be proud of this piece.

#116 Sword Scabbard
A heavy leather scabbard with a single seam up the back side available in black or brown. [ View Details ]

$155 + $28 shipping and handling (free s/h if ordered with sword)

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