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Charles Bsy





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PostPosted: Sun 04 May, 2014 7:12 am    Post subject: Sword of Stephen the Great / Stephen III of Moldavia         Reply with quote

http://sword-site.com/thread/769/sword-stephe...ollTo=1215



I'm really into this sword I found of Sword-Site that belonged to Stephen the Great. So far I've combed their catalogue but it seems like there aren't any other swords quite like it in the collection, this looks like one of those high end historical swords that didn't have many contemporaries.

Have you guys seen any similar pieces in the archaeological record? If so can you point me in their direction?
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PostPosted: Sun 04 May, 2014 11:51 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Wow, now that's a lot of fullers... Eek!
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Christopher B Lellis




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PostPosted: Sun 04 May, 2014 12:27 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Whoa, that's a lot of sword and in superb condition. Good find.

It looks like an XIIA to me.
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PostPosted: Mon 05 May, 2014 5:45 am    Post subject: Sword of Stephen the Great / Stephen III of Moldavia         Reply with quote


Now I see. So that's how the sword of Stephen III looks like. It must be kind of heavy judging by its long hilt.

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Charles Bsy





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PostPosted: Fri 09 May, 2014 2:02 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

On Sword-Site is included two lengthy extracts regarding the sword, it's an interesting read.



http://sword-site.com/thread/769/sword-stephen-great-iii-moldavia

Sword-Site have designated it as an Oakeshott Type XIIa.

Amongst extant historical swords it seems to be unique, at least amongst published examples - I've looked and looked but there doesn't seem to be another quite like it out there. If anyone comes across one please do let me know!
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PostPosted: Fri 09 May, 2014 5:04 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

It's classified as a type XX in "Medieval Swords From Southeastern Europe" by Marko Aleksic... with the multiple fullering this does seem a better fit to me than XIIa. The blade is 102.3 cm long, for a total length of 129.5 cm.
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