This photograph is of the slightly less pitted side of this sword. The tang extends entirely through the upper guard, with the tip of the tang being only minimally upset (widened). The lower guard (crossguard), when viewed on end, is essentially an iron bar with squared ends having a maximum depth (centrally, from the plane of the photograph) of about 1.5 cm. which is reduced to about 0.8 cm. at either tip. The cross-guard is loose, giving an opportunity to examine the blade's shouldering (below), which, retaining the maximum thickness of the blade rather than of the fuller, supports the interpretation that this sword was shortened with retention of the hilt end and loss of the original tip end.

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