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David Huggins




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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec, 2012 3:25 am    Post subject: Valsgarde 7 spatha I and scabbard.         Reply with quote

Well it was sometime in coming from the placing of the initial commission but this was to be expected as Patrick has a long waiting list but finally in the summer the completed sword and scabbard arrived. Patrick has placed some images of the sword on his site here.

http://www.templ.net/english/weapons-antiquit...152-spatha

I must admit I am very pleased with the completed sword and scabbard.

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Dave

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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec, 2012 6:52 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

He missed a bit....

Wink

Amazing work. I hope you'll be very happy together.

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Carl W.




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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec, 2012 7:27 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That's just ridiculous. Wow. Congratulations!!!
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Jean-Carle Hudon




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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec, 2012 8:14 am    Post subject: stunning!         Reply with quote

Stunning piece (s) of work ! This really elevates the repro market to another level.
All for now, got to get out and buy a few more lottery tickets...

Bon coeur et bon bras
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Andy Ternay




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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Absolutely beautiful; both the sword and the scabbard! May I ask what kind of wood the grip is made from?

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PostPosted: Thu 13 Dec, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I am soooo incredibly jealous right now. Stunningly beautiful work!

I have a project in the works at the moment, but I think after that the next thing I will be interested in is a ring-sword. In the mean time though I will drool over this. Absolutely wonderful piece... Very cool!

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John Wills




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PostPosted: Fri 14 Dec, 2012 12:05 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Excellent work, look forward to seeing it in the flesh sometime.
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Johan Gemvik




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PostPosted: Sun 16 Dec, 2012 7:43 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

David, the sword is simply perfect!
Patrick is a master swordmaker and artist all in one. The lines, the proportions, he has such an amazing eye for detail.

I was leafing through his sword photos on his website to show my also historically inerested friends. It's so beautiful, it makesyou dream of having a sword like that. And now you do. One day I will too.

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Stefan Hanson




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PostPosted: Sun 16 Dec, 2012 2:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Dave, I almost cried when seeing this sword. Barta is a magician and you are a lucky bastard ;-) In fact when it comes to these swords and scabbards i cannot even choose which is the most beautiful...BOTH I guess !

btw with your vast archive... Which vendel period sword would you consider is the finest of them all ?

what a christmas gift

Stefan
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David Huggins




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PostPosted: Mon 17 Dec, 2012 12:21 am    Post subject: Valsgarde 7 spatha and scabbard         Reply with quote

Thanks guys for the comments and I'm sure Patrick will be equally grateful for your appreciation. It's a hard question you ask Stefan, I choose the Valsgarde7 spatha and scabbard mainly because its a part of an ongoing long term project but also because out of the two swords in the inhumation it has the most complete scabbard and because it is a ring pommel spatha. I would say I like all of the Vendel-Valsgarde swords but perhaps another stand out fav would be the Vendel I spatha because of the fantastic applied art.

The recreated spatha here is: overall length 897mm, blade length 736mm, blade width 49mm max, point of balance 100mm before the lower guard, weight 1480g. All bronze parts of the sword are gilted. The blade is with herring-bone pattern, with hardened steel edges. The guards are from two gilted hollow pieces (with wood core) and iron part inlayed by silver wire in the middle. The handle is from ebony wood. Metal parts of the handle and the pommel are engraved, on the face part of the pommel is a cloisonné work with 13 garnets from Tanzania, inlays 1,5mm thick. The engraved scabbard is made from nut wood covered by red cow leather.


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Dave

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Kai Lawson




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PostPosted: Mon 17 Dec, 2012 8:23 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wowwwww. That looks great. Did you choose ebony for the grip, or did Mr. Barta? Would horn or stained wood have been favored historically?
Also, do you have it (at hand)? Will you share how it feels in-hand?

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David Huggins




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PostPosted: Wed 19 Dec, 2012 12:33 am    Post subject: Valsgarde 7 spatha and scabbard         Reply with quote

Hi

The choice of ebony was Mr Barta's although I did not specify the type of wood to be used I would perhaps have preferred a native species but still it suits me fine.

Unfortunately I have no photos of the spatha in my hand, suffice to say though it is extremely comfortable and light in my hand.

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Dave

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Wilhelm S.





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PostPosted: Sun 23 Dec, 2012 6:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Its gorgeous my friend. Congratulations.
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Kevin Lehr




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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jun, 2015 10:35 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Very nice work!

The leather tooling does not match that on the original:

http://users.stlcc.edu/mfuller/valsgarde.html

But it's a good attempt.

This is one instance that seems to prove that leather tooling WAS employed in the past, something that's very helpful in the work I'm doing. Amazing that any of this has survived the ages.

I'm jealous!

Enjoy your sword!

Kevin Lehr
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Jerry Monaghan




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PostPosted: Fri 12 Jun, 2015 3:32 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi David
I don't know how I missed this post but that is one stunning sword congratulations to you and Patrick.

Regards

Jerry Monaghan
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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Sun 14 Jun, 2015 10:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Kevin Lehr wrote:


This is one instance that seems to prove that leather tooling WAS employed in the past, something that's very helpful in the work I'm doing. Amazing that any of this has survived the ages.


The leather is not tooled. It is very, very thin skin product (impossible to say if it was tanned or not) laid over the carved wood of the scabbard.

Leather was tooled in this period (and throughout the early medieval) but it's usually to be found on knive/seax sheaths (plenty of surviving examples) rather than sword scabbards. Scabbards were decorated either by laying the skin product over designs carved directly into the scabbard or moulded over cordwork applied to the wooden core.

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