Oakeshott Type XI Medieval Sword with I type Pommel Jul 7, 2013 15:22:58 GMT
Post by Jack Loomes on Jul 7, 2013 15:22:58 GMT
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Length Overall: 107.5 cm. Blade: 89 cm.
Date 1250 to 1350 AD
Condition Excavated, with mild to moderate pitting.
The grip length of 12.3 cm. is longer than would be expected for a sword intended exclusively for use with one hand, though not fully to hand and a half length, and the moderately long blade shows very little taper for the majority of its length. These features and the long crossguard, by silhouette, suggest type XIII. However, the fact that the blade is relatively narrow at 4 cm. and has a narrow fuller which runs to 14 cm. from the tip, or just over five-sixths of the blade length, would be more consistent with type XI. A greater degree of taper would be expected with types XII or XIIa, which otherwise would be attractive possibilities.
The long iron crossguard has a square cross-section and flares towards either end. The tang is robust and a trace of the fuller may be seen to fade moving from the crossguard. The 5 cm. in diameter iron pommel is of Oakeshott's type I, being a disc rising on each side in a conical fashion up to a central flat circular face. This differs from the classical wheel type pommels (types J and K) in that the conical portion of each face lacks the concavity usually associated with those types.
Extract from Records of the Medieval Sword by Ewart Oakeshott regarding Type XI: sword-site.com/thread/126/oakeshott-type-records-medieval-sword
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