Thanks for everyone's input. Bill, yes one side does have a bubble type of corrosion and the other side doesn't. I will be taking better hi res photos of it like I did with the other sword, but feel free to add any photos you like to this site. I definitely had Indy in my ear, Michael, after I had taken the sword out of the package. I'm sure Melbourne museum won't be interested, but I'd like this sword to go somewhere where people can come and see it, not just me. I definitely won't be donating it though. You guys are more than welcome to have a look anytime. I will keep you updated re. XRF findings once I can get it done.
It will be in the Sword-Site Museum soon, which means people can access it for free from anywhere in the world - which is as good as putting it in any museum in my opinion, though I'm biased heavily ofcourse! I think michaeljager was just being dramatic, I don't think he was trying to guilt you into giving the sword to a museum, just citing a classic Indiana Jones line.
How does the sword feel in hand when the pieces are all put together? I'll bet it's amazing.
A little Indian brave who before he was ten/played war games inthe woods with his Indian friends/& he built a dream that when he grew up/he would be a Fierce Warrior Indian Chief
Many moons passed & for the boy the dream grew strong until tomorrow he would sing his first war song/& fight his first battle/but something went wrong
Suprise attack killed him in his sleep that night
And so castles made of sand/melt into the sea/eventually
It's difficult to hold properly as the pommel is not fixed to the tang. You kind of need two hands to hold it all together, but it is very nicely weighted. I've not tried to hold the sword with the grip as it is very brittle. The edge is still quite sharp in places. There looks to be newish surface rust which I'd love some advice on getting rid of. I'd imagine an abrasive and then some renaissance wax? The sword is hiding at the moment in a modified gun case until I can work out how to hang all the pieces on the wall together. I'll get those hi res photos done this Thursday or Friday. I might also be able to fit in a vet appointment (our local vet was happy to x-Ray the last sword for me) to get the sword x-rayed to see if there's anything in the blade I can't see with the naked eye as well.
Bill is correct, my post was purely in jest and fun, but it's that good of a specimen. The SS museum is a great place to display it for maximum worldwide visibility and academic availability, and I think Indiana Jones would be satisfied with that! I hope you receive many years of enjoyment from this wonderful piece.
You might consider someday to commission a replica to be made by someone like Rob Miller (http://www.castlekeep.co.uk/).
It probably wouldnt cost more than 700 british pounds sterling for a high quality, usable copy. If you wanted one made you would probably want to send it to him so he could examine it and get it right. Ill bet he would be delighted!
Great sword I was really glad Bill classified and added this one to the site's museum. It's very impressive and great that everyone can enjoy this beauty for years to come online. All the best and I'm not sure if you'll be making any more purchases soon but speaking for everyone on the forum we're all looking forward to seeing any you share with us here. Live long and prosper.
Thanks Josh. More than happy to share. These two swords kind of fell in my lap at a price I could afford. I don't think I'll be buying anymore, especially when you see them for sale or auction at 6000euro (plus more). I also have an early medieval dagger. I'll put photos of that up soon. I'm having both swords analysed using X-Ray Fluorescence next Monday, so I'll put up the metallurgy results in anyone is interested. Unfortunately, I don't have any comparable data as the company I was going to use (Oxford Labs) doesn't exist anymore.