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>>793 Viking hersir
Subjecthersir sea raider
Culture: Scandinavian / Norse
Setting: Viking Age, northern Europe 8th-10thc
Objectsverð sword

* Royal Ontario Museum > Samuel European Galleries > Arms and Armor
"775-900  Lame en acier. ... Poignée typique du style norvégien"
"800-900  Lame en acier, poignée damasquinée de laiton. ...  Type de lame utilisée avant 900.  Type de Poignée fréquemment retrouvée dans des fouilles en Scandinavie et dans des régions françaises et anglaises pillées par les Vikings.  Origine supposée: le Seine (France)"

* Hanwei Tinker #SH2408
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Museum of Scotland > Early People *

* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Sword  Iron, Silver, and copper alloy  Germanic or Scandinavian, 850-900  3lbs. 5 oz. (1490 g)
The outstanding quality, complexity, and condition of the inlaid silver decoration, combined with an exceptionally strong and well-proportioned blade, make this sword one of the finest examples of its type to survive from the Viking era.  The gently tapering double-edged blade is inlaid in iron with the name +VLFBERHT+, indicating that it was made or inspired by the swordsmith Ulfberht, who is thought to have worked in the Middle Rhine region of Germany, and whose blade-making style and signature were emulated by other craftsmen for generations."
"Sword  Iron, copper, silver, niello  European (probably Scandinavia), 10th century
The skillfully decorated hilt and pattern-welded blade indicate that this sword was carried by a warrior of high rank, perhaps a Viking chieftain or a Frankish nobleman.  The braided copper wires on the pommel may represent an earlier Scandinavian custom of tying a talisman to a sword hilt.  The pattern-welded blade was forged of intertwined rods of steel and iron, a technique that produced a tough, resilient blade with a distinctive swirling pattern on its surface."

* Del Tin #DT2103A
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Higgins Armory Museum > Great Hall > Combat Wing *
"'Viking' type sword, probably 800s C.E.  Perhaps Scandinavia
 Pattern-welded steel; traces of gold overlay and organic scabbard materials  Weight: 2lb." ...

Royal Ontario Museum > Samuel European Galleries > Arms and Armor *
"900-925  Lame en acier, poignée damasquinée de cuivre. ... Poignée typique des épées vikings du Danemark. Retrouvée à Londres (Angleterre), ville qui fut la cible de nombreux assauts de la part des Danois. Sur la lame, on remarque des traces de lettres incrustées (peut-être <<NILERK>>)."
* Higgins Armory Museum > Story of the Sword
"Viking Age sword, about 900  Possibly Scandinavia  Steel with silvered decoration  Weight: 1 lb. 12 oz. ...
This sword was a high-end piece in its day: traces of intertwined silver decoration can still be seen on the crossbar and pommel."

* Higgins Armory Museum > Great Hall > Combat Wing
"'Viking' type sword, about 800 C.E.  Perhaps Scandinavia  Pattern-welded steel; copper (?) inlay  

​* Jorvik Viking Centre
​"A sword from near Windsor  Swords were the highest status weapons.  The blade of this one was 'pattern-welded' from several bars of metal.  This made the sword weaker but created a decorative pattern on the blade, showing the wealth and importance of the owner."

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​* Windlass Steelcrafts #501472
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Hollow Earth Swordworks *
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​* Royal Armouries Museum > War Gallery
"Sword  The blade of this sword is forged with areas of pattern-welding, and is inlaid near the hilt with a figure-of-eight mark.  The hilt is inlaid in brass with interlace and other decorative features.  Viking, 8-9th century." ...