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Phil D.




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PostPosted: Wed 26 Mar, 2014 7:45 am    Post subject: Late Migration Sword Specs         Reply with quote

I found this lovely short sword on the Christie's site with a 23 3/4" blade. I am looking to have it replicated but have never seen anything like it. Has anyone seen it before and know where I may find further info/stats.

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot/a-late...ID=4953367

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Shahril Dzulkifli




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2014 7:22 am    Post subject: Late Migration Sword Specs         Reply with quote


I have never seen a late Migration era sword like this before. But I think that will be a good idea to replicate it, Phil.

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Luka Borscak




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2014 7:46 am    Post subject: Re: Late Migration Sword Specs         Reply with quote

Shahril Dzulkifli wrote:

I have never seen a late Migration era sword like this before. But I think that will be a good idea to replicate it, Phil.


If it's not a fake. It looks weird to me. Blade looks like something late Roman, but hilt is just strange. I don't think it's a late migration period sword. Maybe a composite of some original and some fake parts.
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Robin Smith




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PostPosted: Fri 28 Mar, 2014 1:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Late Migration Sword Specs         Reply with quote

Luka Borscak wrote:
Shahril Dzulkifli wrote:

I have never seen a late Migration era sword like this before. But I think that will be a good idea to replicate it, Phil.


If it's not a fake. It looks weird to me. Blade looks like something late Roman, but hilt is just strange. I don't think it's a late migration period sword. Maybe a composite of some original and some fake parts.

To say I was dubious of this swords authenticity would be an understatement.

All swords without solid provenance need to be treated as suspect... One's at auction houses doubly so... Ones that fall entirely outside even remote resemblance to other examples from the same period even more so.

So yeah... I'd treat this sword as very suspect until solid provenance was provided or other examples of a similar form with solid provenance were found.

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Matthew Bunker




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PostPosted: Sat 29 Mar, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hilt fittings are totally wrong for a migration period Western European sword.
Might be from further afield I suppose.
Hilt to blade ratio looks very odd.

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