A Viking Sword, c. 1000

A Viking Sword,

Item ref: 3006

  • Scandinavia or Northern Europe
  • Steel, silver
  • 93.5 cm / 36.8 in


Private collection, Austria
Private collection, United Kingdom

Blade bears the inscription ‘SIGVINIS'

Two swords which compare closely with the present hilt were found in the Thames at Shifford and in the river Witham near Lincoln; they are today in the Reading Museum and British Museum (1848,1021.1) respectively. Another found in the Thames at Vauxhall is now in the Museum of London (A 2373). A Viking hilt similarly damascened is in the Schweizerischen Landesmuseumin, Zurich (LM 860)