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Danny Grigg





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PostPosted: Wed 16 Jun, 2010 6:33 pm    Post subject: Viking Thames River INGELRII Sword Museum of London         Reply with quote

I came across this sword awhile ago:

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/English/Even...p;id=37092
http://www.museumoflondonprints.com/image.php...earch=true
http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/gallery2/main.p...emId=12219
http://www.fioredeiliberi.org/gallery2/main.p...emId=12213
http://www.flickr.com/photos/depercy/39239139...339263868/

I had assumed that it was the same sword as the Thames River INGELRII sword in the British Museum (X.7 in Records of the Medieval Sword / pages 80 & 81 in Swords of the Viking Age / X.1 from the "Spotlight: Oakeshott Type X Swords" page): http://www.myArmoury.com/feature_spotx.html

Upon further examination my assumption was obviously wrong, they are 2 different swords.


Information about the sword from the Museum of London website:
Date: 960 AD - 1035 AD
Accession number: A2373
Place of collection: Putney Railway Bridge, Putney, London [Wandsworth]; Bishop's Park, Fulham, London [Hammersmith and Fulham] [River Thames] [1905; 1906]
Material: iron
Measurements: L (overall) 882 mm; L (blade) 742 mm; W 54 mm
Gallery location: Case 9.1

Sword with fullered blade, curved guard and trilobed pommel. The maker's name "INGELRII" is inlaid on one side of the blade in iron letters, two groups of three upright bars on other. The sword has been repaired recently on the blade. Most of this sword was found in the Thames near Putney railway bridge in 1905. The point was found a year later, further upstream at Fulham, and the pieces were fixed together. In the 900s and 1000s, fine sword blades were made in the German Rhineland, and were exported to Scandinavia and to England. The names 'Ingelrii' and 'Ulfberht' appear on many of these blades, and must have represented important swordsmiths' workshops

Iron sword. Towards the point of the blade there is a strap of metal which is a modern repair holding the blade together.



I was wondering how many other similar Viking Swords are there in museums and private collections?
There's the River Witham LEUTFRIT Sword from the British Museum (X.8 in Records of the Medieval Sword / pages 77 - 79 in Swords of the Viking Age / X.2 from the "Spotlight: Oakeshott Type X Swords" page).


Was this type / style of sword native to England?
What time period did this type / style of sword span? 10th to early 11th centuries only??
Are there any good articles / books that compare / discuss these swords in detail?
Are there any other good books on Viking Swords with excellent quality photos?

Lastly does anyone have any excellent quality colour photos of X.7 & X.8 to share?

Thanks

Danny Grigg
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