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This sword is double-edged, fullered, with a guard inlaid with silver and copper alloy and a lobed pommel. The down-curved guard of the sword is inlaid with a series of lozenges and the same pattern appears on the pommel-guard. Although many of its features have similarities to what the Vikings were producing, this sword is more of an anti-Viking sword, rather than a Viking sword! It's a functional copy of an Anglo Saxon 10th century sword found in the River Witham opposite Monks Abbey, Lincoln, England. The British Museum acquired it in 1948. It's of Evison’s Wallingford Bridge type (a later development of Petersen’s Anglo-Saxon type L). It has a hefty strong blade and a trilobate pommel. As stated, the original has traces of inlaid lozenges and the curved guard is similarly inlaid - all of which we have recreated here, so that the weapon appears in all its former glory, as when new. The original blade bears the inscription LEUTLRIT (with inverted final T) near the hilt on one side and a reversed S on the opposite side. The inscription represents a continental Germanic name, possibly to be read as Leuterit, Leutirit, or Leutfrit. The name suggests that the blade is of continental manufacture, while the hilt-fittings would have been added by an Anglo-Saxon craftsman. The name occurs on two other swords from Estonia and Russia and there is a possible Anglo-Saxon copy from the Thames at Battersea. A reversed S-scroll with the addition of tendrils is seen on a sword from Al’myet’yevo, Russia.
Another quality Medieval Shoppe product. This beautiful copper and silver enhanced Anglo Saxon sword has become an instant favourite in my sword collection. The photos just don't do it justice. Absolutely gorgeous metalwork, well balanced blade, has the feel of something solid, and long lasting. Love it. Peter Dickeson on 25th Dec 2018