Subject: hersir sea raider
Culture: Scandinavian / Norse
Setting: Viking Age, northern Europe 8th-10thc
Object: sverð 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
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
Higgins Armory Museum > Great Hall > Combat Wing *
"'Viking' type sword, probably 800s C.E. Perhaps Scandinavia
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
* 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."
* Windlass Steelcrafts #501472
Hollow Earth Swordworks *
* 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." ...