An iron sword, lacking the top of the tang, which is now 918 mm long. The very slightly bent blade is corroded and chipped along the edges. It is 797 mm long and lenticular in section, with fairly straight sides and a rather narrow rounded tip. At the top the blade is about 52 mm wide, but it narrows rapidly to 45 mm and much of it seems to be about 40 mm wide, though the edges are badly chipped. Vertical striations throughout the length of the blade show that it was constructed by surface-to-surface piling. The blade has been stamped twice on the same side (the top of the upper 50 mm, and the bottom of the lower 90 mm, from the hilt end) with impressions of the same stamp, a broad crescent shape enclosing three raised dots. The tang, more oval than rectangular in section at the top, is broad and flat towards the blade. Its straight iron hilt end, 63 mm wide and horizontally ribbed, obscures the shoulders, which may have been straight. The carved organic grip survives: 58 mm long and c… (See Merlin record for full description)
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