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Lot 2538: A bronze solid-hilted sword of Mörigen type, Late Bronze Age, Hallstadt B3 period, 9th century B.C.
26 October 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Blade with three-stage, medium curvature, all stages separated by fine lines. Maximum blade width in the middle of the blade, continuously tapering toward the point, slightly waisted toward the hilt and widening again at the short, distinctly off-set ricasso. Cast-on hilt plate and tang encased by a flat grip of three ribs. The latter with two recesses on either side with a bulge at the central rib. The hilt with an upturned V-shaped cut-out at the cross-guard and a concave disc pommel of oval section in top view. On either side of the V-shaped cut-out of the cross-guard two flat ground rivets visible, also between the two lower grip ribs and underneath the pommel plate. Nearly perfectly preserved sword of the Mörigen type, variant I, from the late Urnfield period. Siena brown patina, the gold coloured base shimmering through in some places. The edge of the blade only minimally jagged, otherwise exceptionally well preserved. The blade is slightly, hardly noticeably bent. A superb solid-hilted sword from the bronze age! South German private collection, taken over from the grandfather's collection, purchased by the latter in the 1960s.
Condition Report: II
Notes: Europäische Stein- und Bronzezeit