An iron sword with a copper-alloy anthropoid handle. The full length is now 468 mm; the blade is 335 mm long, but lacks the tip (it could have been perhaps 60 or 80 mm longer), and is 41 mm wide at the top. The blade is corroded and the edges are damaged, and there is a very slight bend 205 mm from the top of the blade, but overall it is in sound condition. It has a slight corroded median ridge. Its cast handle, 135 mm high, is in three parts. The pommel, 30 mm high, is in the form of a human head, quite worn, with the jaw line in good relief. The nose is flattened and worn, the eyes are elongated and in slight relief (the left eye now better defined than the right), and both ears are in good relief. Perhaps the line of a down-turned moustache can be distinguished on the left. The hair is drawn back (lines are visible at each side) with a rounded hairline at the back. The burred head of the tang can be seen on top. The second piece of the handle is the upper part of the grip, which is … (See Merlin record for full description)
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