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Cerjak JL




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PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2020 12:13 am    Post subject: Marks found on 3 swords from the arsenal of Alexandria         Reply with quote

With the contribution of the community of medieval sword enthusiasts and collectors I hope to provide an answer to an issues I raised long time ago and which remained unanswered
concerning a particular maker’s marks: a double ‘P’ co-joined with a cross,
This marking is known on 3 swords* probably of Italian manufacture coming from the arsenal of Alexandria and all belonging to the oakeshott's type XVIIIc which are with a very broad and tapering blade of flat diamond cross-section.
I also know a sword of the same type with a shortened blade but without any Arabic inscription.( fig b)
I would like to appeal to everyone's knowledge to determine if other swords bearing this marking are known.
* The sword AL.40 from the Leeds Castle Foundation
* sword sold by Christie’s in 2018 LOT111” A NORTH ITALIAN MEDIEVAL BROADSWORD FROM THE MAMLUK ARSENAL IN ALEXANDRIA fig a
* the last one ( see Clive Thomas “ A distinctive group of swords from the arsenal of Alexandria” P 37 Fig 6 sword A
Also I looking for good pictures of the the sword AL.40 from the Leeds Castle Foundation



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Cerjak JL




Location: FRANCE
Joined: 22 Dec 2010

Posts: 36

PostPosted: Fri 18 Sep, 2020 12:27 am    Post subject: Re: Marks found on 3 swords from the arsenal of Alexandria         Reply with quote

Cerjak JL wrote:
With the contribution of the community of medieval sword enthusiasts and collectors I hope to provide an answer to an issues I raised long time ago and which remained unanswered
concerning a particular maker’s marks: a double ‘P’ co-joined with a cross,
This marking is known on 3 swords* probably of Italian manufacture coming from the arsenal of Alexandria and all belonging to the oakeshott's type XVIIIc which are with a very broad and tapering blade of flat diamond cross-section.
I also know a sword of the same type with a shortened blade but without any Arabic inscription.( fig b)
I would like to appeal to everyone's knowledge to determine if other swords bearing this marking are known.
* The sword AL.40 from the Leeds Castle Foundation
* sword sold by Christie’s in 2018 LOT111” A NORTH ITALIAN MEDIEVAL BROADSWORD FROM THE MAMLUK ARSENAL IN ALEXANDRIA fig a
* the last one ( see Clive Thomas “ A distinctive group of swords from the arsenal of Alexandria” P 37 Fig 6 sword A
Also I looking for good pictures of the the sword AL.40 from the Leeds Castle Foundation



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