Object Title




8th-9th century

Object Number



Purchased at Christies, 9 April 1975, Lot 67 (illustrated, plate 6)

Physical Description

Of iron, in excavated condition. Pommel of two pieces, the upper of flattened thomboid form, the lower a horizontal boat-shaped plate. The upper section is decorated with an interlace pattern in brass inlay, and the lower has vertical grooves originally filled with brass. Short tang, and guard formed of a second, larger boat-shaped plate. The latter is also grooved for brass inlays, one of which remains. Straight, two-edged blade, pattern welded and inlaid in iron on one face with a figure of eight mark.


Dimensions: Overall length: 890 mm, Length of blade: 769 mm Weight: 725 g

Inscriptions and Marks

see above


Places Europe

Bibliographic References

Dorling Kindersley, Weapon. A visual history of arms & armour, Dorling Kindersley Ltd, London, 2006, pp. 54-5 (col. illus', top of p. 54).


When purchased the sword had been cleaned bright and lacquered. The lacquer was removed and the surface blued. cf. J. Petersen, 'De Norske Vikingesverd' type I.