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Old 31st March 2021, 09:45 PM   #1
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Default National Museum of Finland. Helsinki. A humble sword

good day.
in the exposition of this museum there are several bright swords, which are described in various monographs and so on, for example the sword from Sountaki .. but about this sword that I noted in the photo, for some reason no one has ever explained anything, probably simply because on there are no beautiful ornaments and unusual devices, crosshairs and pommels,. but he also looks not quite standard, I wonder if there will be any opinions on this subject ,?
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Old 1st April 2021, 09:36 PM   #2
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Actually, the hilt of this sword was originally quite ornate - it is only plain in comparison with its neighbour in this photo. The hilt is silver-plated, and inlaid with Scandinavian interlace designs (Urnes style). There are number of swords of this style found in the Eastern Baltic region; one has been published in both Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword and Peirce's Swords of the Viking Age. The shape of the guard is unusual though, the only exact analogue I am familiar with came from Latvia, and is now in the Army Museum in Paris.
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Old 2nd April 2021, 12:53 AM   #3
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good afternoon, thank you very much for your reply and such nice photos,
in fact, apart from these items, I did not find anything like that, that is, these swords are of type VI according to Wheeler
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