Post by Jack Loomes on Dec 1, 2013 12:59:24 GMT
The blade is 33 1/2 inches long, 2 inches wide with traces of wide and long shallow fuller.
About 2 inch are missing from the blade tip.
The cross guard is of round cross section flaring at its tip and the pommel knob is a heavy steel of polygonal shape.
Total length 39 1/2 inches.From the owner: "It looks as if the cross guard was prepared separately, heated, hammered into the blade shoulders and let cool down.
Mid 13 C.
Beside this sword and very unfortunately, in spite of thousands of crusaders marching through the Holy Land during almost 200 years, not a single complete crusader sword was found here, save few fragments in private collections and two swords salvaged from the sea at the old port of Atlit which naturally are nothing more than a pack of rust. This sword is in a surprisingly good condition, with the light blade still flexible."
For more information on Oakeshott Type XII Swords see this extract from Ewart Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword