Beautiful examples of French and British swords from the Revolutionary War.The one on the left is the French sword and is engraved with the words “Ex Dono Regis” (Given by the King). The one on the right is a British sword and has a hallmark of the London maker Joseph Clare. It also has an inscription on it’s blade “Ne me tire pas sans raison, Ne me remette point sans honneur” (draw me not without reason, sheath me not without honor)
A couple of the swords I’ve been working on. I ground the blades from 80crv2 and cast the hilts in bronze. I actually carved a full original sword from poplar first and made molds from it and cast a solid bronze sword before making the steel variants. The design is based on a 3300 year old bronze sword found in Segerstad, Vastergotland Sweden. I had a tiny illustration of it in an old book of mine and I sketched it out, scaled it up (larger than the original, actually) and went with it. These are still unfinished: I quenched them both today and will be tempering them in the morning, then they still have to be assembled and hot-peened, then sharpened and cleaned up.
“The Harriet Dean sword is one of the last remaining swords from the
arsenal at Alexandria, and in 1943, it disappeared without a trace. Lost
to legend, the medieval blade has been hunted by academics and
enthusiasts for the better part of a century. Until now.” Read the full story about the rediscovery of this beautiful 15th century sword over at the Nerdist! @art-of-swords
Editor’s Note: Text translated by Google from the original Italian.
Dating: late nineteenth century.
Description: Interesting blade damask (XV-XVII century), flat, straight, two-wire with four punches bearing inscriptions in Arabic; handle covered with foil in white metal (silver?) with remnants of gilding, decorated with floral engravings; wooden scabbard covered with velvet mounts decorated en suite.
See “Islamic and Oriental Arms and Armour” by Robert Hales, page 240, nr. 591.
Editor’s Note: Text below translated by Google from the original German.
Lot Nr. 2302
A solid-hilted sword with bowl-shaped pommel, Königsdorf type, variant II, phase Hallstadt B1, Urnfield period, late 11th - mid-third of 10th century BC
Slightly bulbous grip with three decorative areas segmented by four bands consisting of parallel lines. Within these areas intertwined, horizontal, S-shaped bands composed of parallel lines. Thereunder the pincer-shaped extension of the grip, which is decorated with equally fine, hatched triangles and incised lines and holds the separately worked blade affixed with two rivets. The grip is surmounted by a bowl-shaped pommel decorated with concentric circles on the underside and herringbone pattern at the transition to the grip, the inside with concentric circle bands composed of thin bundles of lines and a central mushroom-shaped button with six arches encircling a central point. Between button and bowl a hole for the attachment of a lanyard. The upper part of the blade below the grip with constricted ricasso finely serrated on both sides. Triple-faceted central ridge in the upper section blending into a cambered lower section. The maximum blade width of 4.8 cm, characteristic of cutting weapons, is between the lower and the middle third. The lower third of the blade is decorated on the inside with bands composed of several lines running parallel to the edge, the outer band with coarse, the inner one with fine lines. Unusually beautiful, emerald-green, smooth patina which favourably enhances the extraordinarily well-preserved, finely incised ornamentation. Magnificent specimen of aesthetic attractiveness in impeccable condition.
Length 59.5 cm.
Provenance: South German private collection, acquired in the late 1980s from an art dealer.
The sword had been broken in antiquity for ritual purposes into four parts that are completely preserved. These parts have been welded together during a restoration and the surface of the blade consisting completely of metallic substance has been aligned with paint to the colour of the original patina including the weld seams. On one side of the blade the paint has been removed in order to make the weld seams visible.
I just made, well scheduled, a post on Art of Swords about the The Sword of Spiritual Justice (one of three swords which are carried unsheathed, pointing upwards, in the coronation procession in England), and which is accompanied by the Sword of Temporal Justice and the Sword of Mercy and now I’m just sitting here giggling like and idiot because all I can think of is…
Oakeshott Type XV Sword w/ Type 9 Guard Type G Pommel
Blade showing extensive patina and fine pitting throughout, both sides with brass inlaid maker’s mark at the lower area. Large iron hilt mounts including sword catcher like guard with downturned quillons, massive disk pommel with grooved star symbol and very nice leather wrapped grip in the setting of iron cage like bars. All solid and in battle ready condition, retaining good sharp edges, feels Fantastic in hand.