Post by Jack Loomes on Aug 12, 2014 12:38:31 GMT
Editor's Note: Swords like this are typically identified as Islamic, however Professor Valeri Yotov has made an excellent case for their instead being Byzantine.
See sword-site.com/thread/131/byzantine-swords-centuries-romania-yotov10th/11th Century
In excavated condition, with broad double-edged blade with double central fuller over most of its length on each side, hilt comprising tapering cast bronze quillons with a central chevron on each side and moulded button terminals, and integral sleeve above and below made to fit over the base of the grip and mouth of a scabbard respectively, flat tapering tang, and bronze faceted cushion-shaped pommel with deep integral chape (open along one side).
65 cm. bladeFOOTNOTES
Offered with a typed letter of expertise from Ewart Oakeshott dated 13 March 2001 stating his opinion as to the sword's date and country of origin, and drawing a comparison to a bronze hilt of 'the same form and construction' in the Louvre, Paris. [Oakeshott nominated the sword as possibly Fatimid or Seljuk]
Sold for £2,100 24 Nov 2010Source: www.bonhams.com/auctions/17948/lot/29/