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Genuine or not?
genuine
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not genuine
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unsure
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Tim Lison




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PostPosted: Fri 09 Feb, 2018 11:49 am    Post subject: Museum fake...?         Reply with quote

I recently went to the redone arms&armor exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Their collection has been stored for a few years while they built a new room and created a new installation for the pieces. They also acquired some new pieces which I was very excited to see as they were viking era stuff which I have a soft spot for. Honestly, I thought there were some pieces that seemed to have questionable authenticity. Maybe I'm being a huge arrogant jerk for thinking I might know better than the curators of a major museum. I am posting the piece which struck me most as phony. I can't say I've ever seen an Ulberht inlay on a single edge sword, nor have I seen a single edged viking sword with this shape before. It seems more like a messer blade to me with the small fuller termination and false edge. The pommel and inlay look off too. I know it's not possible to be certain, but this one just doesn't look right to me. I'm posting pics and a poll so I can see what others think....


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PostPosted: Fri 09 Feb, 2018 12:05 pm    Post subject: Its good.         Reply with quote

Hi Tim

I recently visited the exhibit and went through the early stuff pretty thoroughly. The sword is pretty good. It has several elements that I doubt someone trying to make a sellable "fake" would have done. It is a rare form for being an Ulfie, but I think its good.

Craig
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Feb, 2018 12:17 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I trust your opinion Craig! It sure did look off... Thanks for the reply!
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PostPosted: Fri 09 Feb, 2018 1:10 pm    Post subject: Happy to Help         Reply with quote

Hi Tim
Happy to Help, one of the things with nordic sword hilts is today we get about 3 varieties that are focused on with some outliers, where if you dig a bit deeper you find a pretty wide variety out there. It can be small sheet metal components that where probably filled with pitch to solid blocks similar to the one pictured in your post in a wide variety of shapes to thin fins of a pommel. There are even some eastern pommels that are literally carved to look like the head and shoulders of a warrior. Lots of cool stuff :-)

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