A hand-forged hand-and-a-half sword of Type XIIIa with facetted Type J wheel pommel, and round-section quillons; to the upper blade, a latten inlaid Arabic inscription 'Mohammed is the Messenger of Allah'; the blade narrow with shallow fuller for about one third of its length. Iron, 1.65 kg, 1.16 m. Extremely fine condition, stabilised.
Property of a Suffolk Gentleman; by inheritance.
Cf. Oakeshott, E. Records of the Mediaeval Sword, p.105 (type), p.113 (inlaid text),
Inscribed and inlaid texts in Arabic script are found on medieval European swords which were deposited in the 'Hall of Victories' in Alexandria.
Friday 2nd December 2011 Medieval and Later Antiquities; including Islamic, Christian and Arms And Armour Sections