Viking Weapons and Associated Items For Sale
Who can separate a man and his sword? One is worth nothing without the other. The sword was a Viking warrior's preferred weapon, closely associated with what was most significant in his life - family ties, loyalty to his lord, the duties to a king, the excitement of battle, the attainment of manhood, and the last funeral rites. A warrior was never parted from his sword throughout his life; it was his prized weapon, from the moment he gained the right to wear it. He carried his sword in the king's hall and at law meetings, and it hung in readiness above his bed at night. Viking weapons are very scarce these days, but from time to time you will see a small number of genuine ancient Viking weapons or parts of Viking weapons for sale on this page. There are many Viking weapon collectors throughout the world. You will have to return to our Viking Weapons page regularly as our stock sells very quickly.
Customers and site-visitors may have noticed that the Anglo-Saxon site pages have been revised. As part of our ongoing programme of improving the quality and reliability of our site, the ‘Viking’ pages are been amended in the light of further detailed research. We aim to roll this out across the rest of the site in due course. Please check back for updates.
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|Viking 'Type S Mammen Style' Sword Pommel 024689|
Scarce Viking 'Type S Mammen Style' Sword Pommel
Copper-alloy, 50.66 grams, 61.90 mm. Circa 10th century AD. A cast copper-alloy sword pommel of Petersen's Type S. The pommel is cast hollow with a hole for the tang to pass through at the top. The pommel is divided into five separate lobes with plain channels between; the outer lobes feature incised Mammen Style coiled leaf designs; the median lobes feature stepped key design; the central lobe features a pair of addorsed coiled tendrils on one face and Mammen Style meshed tendril motif on the other. At each end on the underside an integral peg extends to attach the pommel to the upper guard of the hilt. Originally, the channels were filled with silver wire ropework, contrasting with the yellow sheen of the bronze. Reference: cf. the sword from Temple Church, London in the British Museum published in Peirce, I. Swords of the Viking Age, Woodbridge, 2004 p.104-5. Very fine condition. Provenance: found Lincolnshire, UK.
|Rare Viking 'Petersen's Type I' Pattern-Welded Sword 023011|| |
Rare Viking 'Petersen's Type I' Pattern-Welded Sword
Iron, 730 grams, 97 cm overall. Circa 9th-10th century AD. A finely-crafted Viking period sword with a thin (about 3 mm) blade and long ( 110 mm) grip. The hilt is of the unusual Petersen's Type I, a later 9th century form which continued in use up to the middle of the 10th century AD. The pommel is subtriangular in profile with an elliptical cross-section, and with a noticeable step where the rounded upper element connects to the flatter upper guard. The pommel and guard are unusually thin for a Viking-period sword. The tang is broad and flat, and shows the continuation of the bars which form the pattern-welded blade. The lower guard is about 90mm wide, flat and slightly elliptical in cross-section with a broad rectangular slot for the blade and tang. The blade is about 55 mm wide at the maximum, composed from two twisted iron billets and an outer shoe: the billets have been created from blocks of iron of varying grades, twisted and forge-welded to each other, then thinned and stretched to the length of the blade (presently 81 cm). The outer edges were formed from a single billet of steel, split and forged onto the core. The surface treatment shows very clearly the construction method and the characteristic herringbone pattern created by the opposed twist of the central billets. The process of pattern-welding was practised in northern Europe from the early centuries AD up to the end of the Viking age, producing very striking surface effects which were much prized. Reference: Peirce, I.G. Swords of the Viking Age, Woodbridge, 2004. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old private Scandinavian collection, ex Robin Wigington, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK in 1984.
|Baltic Viking 'Openwork' Dagger Grip Mount 023180|
Baltic Viking 'Openwork' Dagger Grip Mount
Silver, 6.66 grams, 18.03 mm. Circa 16th century AD. A heavy silver collar mount formed from six panels soldered together into a cone with remains of a silver ropework border. The panels are each formed with a trapezoidal frame border within which are placed three coils in silver ropework. The mount probably forms part of the hilt for a high-status knife. Reference: cf. Graham-Campbell, J. and Williams, G. Silver in the Viking Age, Walnut Creek, 2007. Very fine condition. Provenance: from an old English collection.
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