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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 6:55 am    Post subject: A Viking sword         Reply with quote

Here's a favorite sword of mine: a real Viking sword. Heavily corroded but still in one piece.
Here's a link to a full pic of the sword:



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Stirling Matheson





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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 7:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow!

How did you manage to get your hands on that?

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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 7:13 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Stirling Matheson wrote:
Wow!

How did you manage to get your hands on that?


I traded it with another collector for a very rare Neolithic stone axe.
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 8:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

HI Leo

Do you have other pictures of it? I would like to see a side view if you have one.

Best
Craig
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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 8:12 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Craig Johnson wrote:
HI Leo

Do you have other pictures of it? I would like to see a side view if you have one.

Best
Craig


Sorry, it's too dark here now to make new pics. I'll make pics of the side tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 10:11 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thank you for sharing. I love seeing pictures of the real pieces.

Could you give some dimensions?

Thanks again.
Ben

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 4:28 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Leo, even though it is heavily corroded, it still looks very nice. Do you know the details as to where it was found and an aproximate age?

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JE Sarge
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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 6:08 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Congratulations on your find. That is a really beautiful sword you have there.

+1 on more pics and dimensions please!

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PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 8:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's pretty cool Leo,

Can you tell if there is any inlay?

Congratulations,
Jeremy
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P. Cha




PostPosted: Mon 17 Nov, 2008 10:50 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ohhh nice. I want more pics too please Happy .
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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 1:03 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeff Kaisla wrote:
Hi Leo, even though it is heavily corroded, it still looks very nice. Do you know the details as to where it was found and an aproximate age?


It was found in the river Thames. The former owner bought it at auction in the UK in the 1970's. I will measure it this afternoon and post the dimensions for you.
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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 1:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Jeremy V. Krause wrote:
That's pretty cool Leo,

Can you tell if there is any inlay?

Congratulations,
Jeremy


Thanks! Because of the very heavy corrosion it is impossible to see if there is any inlay...
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 1:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hey it seems Craig is interested :o)

Measure it and let him make a reproduction, then you can get 2 free prototypes . Why two? One for you and one for me for this <leet> idea muahahahah (<--- very evil laughter)

Serious, great original. Treat it well.


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 4:36 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Was the item you traded for it a serious original? If so, didn't you get the bad end of the bargain? Regardless, that is one nice piece...

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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 5:22 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

M. Eversberg II wrote:
Was the item you traded for it a serious original? If so, didn't you get the bad end of the bargain? Regardless, that is one nice piece...

M.


Yes, it was an original Central European Neolithic polished stone axe made of a very rare type of stone called Amphibolite. About 5500 to 6000 years old. We were both happy with the transaction. No idea what object was more valuable...
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 8:05 am    Post subject: Place matters         Reply with quote

Hi Leo

Those are encouraging parts of the picture for testifying to its authenticity. A find place is always good. Any idea what part of the Thames? Also the fact that it was purchased at auction in the 70's is good as at that time it probably did not pay to fake a piece in this condition. It also maybe able to id the piece in an auction catalog if from one of the big houses and get more details. The side vies pictures (if possible may give some clues to pommel construction and the style of piece.

To be honest I was leaning a bit more to central Europe as an origin for it but it is tough to tell with the level of corrosion and one profile view.

Best
Craig
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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: Place matters         Reply with quote

Hi Craig, thanks for your reply. Today was a very rainy day here in Holland so I did not dare to take the sword outside to take pics of the side. Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow.
I traded the sword in 1998 and have not been in contact with the previous owner ever since. I have no idea what part of the the Thames it was found. I will measure it tomorrow as well. It's about 1 meter in length if I remember correctly.
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L.

Craig Johnson wrote:
Hi Leo

Those are encouraging parts of the picture for testifying to its authenticity. A find place is always good. Any idea what part of the Thames? Also the fact that it was purchased at auction in the 70's is good as at that time it probably did not pay to fake a piece in this condition. It also maybe able to id the piece in an auction catalog if from one of the big houses and get more details. The side vies pictures (if possible may give some clues to pommel construction and the style of piece.

To be honest I was leaning a bit more to central Europe as an origin for it but it is tough to tell with the level of corrosion and one profile view.

Best
Craig
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 8:48 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leo

What has been done to preserve the sword? How have you stopped the corrosion process? I ask because I have a few relic pieces in the same condition.

Regards

Bryan

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Leo R.





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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 10:33 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Bryan Johnson wrote:
Leo

What has been done to preserve the sword? How have you stopped the corrosion process? I ask because I have a few relic pieces in the same condition.

Regards

Bryan


It was restored by a museum. It looks like it was coated with some strong resin to keep it all together.
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Nov, 2008 12:51 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Leo

Thanks, I'll look into that.

Bryan

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