An exquisite replica of the eighth century Anglo-Saxon sword currently on display at the British Museum. Originally found in Fetter Lane, London during the nineteenth century, this expertly crafted sword was exclusively reserved for elite members of Anglo-Saxon society.
The original sword’s sophisticated and ornate decoration has been replicated in exact detail, making it a prime example of esteemed weaponry from this ancient period. The replica features a forged and tempered high carbon steel blade and comes presented in a leather bound wooden scabbard adorned with plated brass fittings and a suspension loop.
Just like the eighth century version, the sword’s grip is decorated on both sides: one side features a spiral of four snakes separated by undulating leafy stems, the other a spread-eagled beast with gaping jaws. The pommel cap, riveted into place, is adorned with a formalised tendril pattern. The hilt of the sword is constructed from cast brass and plated with tin. Together, the materials shimmer in hues of gold and silver.
36 ¾” long.