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Tannasgh
Fort Worth TX
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Is there a catalog number for the sword? Just curious. Yes, it is British Museum 1858,1116.5. You can read more about it here: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=36133&partId=1&searchText=1858,1116.5&page=1
As soon as I saw this post, I realized I had seen not only the sword, but the engraving as well. A quick look and I found it on Page 34 of Oakeshott's Records of the Medieval Sword. I wondered if you had a picture of the obverse side of the blade. Any symbology that might appear on that side is very important. From an alphabet perspective, I was immediately struck by the inclusion of the letter W as it wasn't in general use in that form until some point during the 14th century when it began shifting from begin written as the the digraph to being written as the ligature more frequently as the 15th and 16th centuries approached. I don't think I would have stopped if it weren't in the form it is in. In the early versions of the W ligature it is most commonly written as two V's whose legs cross over each other. Time and scribal laziness eventually eliminate the crossed sections for ease of writing. This particular W letter form has an apex that is half the height of the arms of the W letter suggesting that the engraving was added nearer the 15 or 16th century. It is important to note that the W letter form is used natively in: German, Dutch, English, Welsh, Polish, Walloon and Maltese. Most romance languages including the Latin of the day did not use the W. One other observation question before I return to my research on this.. There seems to be some damage to the sword about 11 inches (27 cm) up the blade from the tip. I am curious if this is more than simply corrosion. More to come.
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