Beast heads, Norman Sword, late 11thC
One handed sword, dated to late 11th century.
This is the Norman style sword, with unique crossguard inspired by original sword from E. Oakeshott`s 'Records of the Medieval Sword' (p.59, XI.6, Finland). Original sword has inscription +INNOMINEDOMINI+ / +GICELINMEFECIT+
It was a custom wish to make +MACIEIMEFECIT+ on one side of fuller. This is native form of my name, which comes from Latin Matthias and Hebrew Matatjahu or Mattheve.
total length 990mm
blade length 850mm
blade width 50mm
blade thickness at the base 5mm
balance ca. 165mm
weight ca. 1150g
Customer review and testing:
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