A Rare Sword Of Viking Type With Ingelri Inscription
Lot 218
A Rare Sword Of Viking Type With Ingelri Inscription
10th/11th Century
£ 6,000 - 8,000
US$ 7,700 - 10,000

Lot Details
A Rare Sword Of Viking Type With Ingelri Inscription
A Rare Sword Of Viking Type With Ingelri Inscription
10th/11th Century
In excavated condition, with broad tapering double-edged blade with wide shallow fuller over nearly its entire length on both sides, the forte on one side cut with the inscription '+INGELRI+' and on the other side with '+PREBM+', hilt comprising straight quillons of tapering square section, flat tapering tang, and flattened pommel of 'tea-cosy' form retaining traces of silver
75 cm. blade, 89.5 cm. overall

Footnotes

  • The inscription is a variation on the well-known Ingelvii group. For more information see Alfred Geibig, Beiträge zur Morphologischen Entwicklum des Scwertes I'm Mittelalter: Eine Analyse des Fundmaterials von ausgehenden 8 bis sum 12. Jahrundert aus Sammlungen der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, 1991, p. 124

    For a symopsis of Geibig's work and a further analytical study of the subject see Michael R. Gorman, 'Ulfbrecht: Innovation and Imitation in Early Medieval Swords', The Sixteenth Park Lane Arms Fair Guide, February 1999, pp. 7-12

    See also Lech Marek, Early Medieval Swords from Central and Eastern Europe..., 2005, pp. 49-54, pls. 6c and 25c
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