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Len Parker





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PostPosted: Mon 06 Aug, 2018 5:49 am    Post subject: Long Hilted 5th Century Sword         Reply with quote

Bottom right.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/Consular_diptych_Constantius_III.jpg

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Len Parker





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PostPosted: Mon 06 Aug, 2018 5:58 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Home page for the date: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Consular_diptych_Constantius_III.jpg
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PostPosted: Mon 06 Aug, 2018 7:02 am    Post subject: Re: Long Hilted 5th Century Sword         Reply with quote

Len Parker wrote:
Bottom right.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b9/Consular_diptych_Constantius_III.jpg
Handle looks to be about twice the length of the crossguard. If the crossguard is 4" that's an 8" handle! If the crossguard is 2 1/2 " however ...
Assuming it is drawn (carved I think?) to scale Wink

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Len Parker





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PostPosted: Mon 06 Aug, 2018 8:08 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I'm thinking:
Blade: 1 and 1/2 " wide
Guard: 3" wide by 7/8"
Grip:7"

Are we looking at the evolution of the long hilted roman spatha, or maybe it's an eastern alanic type? I think this looks similar to alanic swords, but I'm no expert.

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PostPosted: Mon 06 Aug, 2018 10:45 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Looking at the bottom scene, the man on the left looks like he's in chains, and the man at right has his hands behind his back. So I'm thinking these might be captured weapons. I thought it might be a roman cavalry spatha, but maybe not.
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