Both swords are Petersen’s type V and has the same structure of inlay. The sword from “Gnezdovo” The authentic sword was found in 1984 during excavation of Barrow Dn-4 (the Dnieper Barrow Group) The ornamentation of the lateral sides of the hilt of the authentic sword is in a poor state of preservation, but the style of ornamentation is still clear. On the crossguard and on the pommel base there is ornamentation in the form of lines of triangles and rhombuses. The triangles are inlaid with 9 silver wires. The space between them is taken by rhombuses made of 9 twisted “red” (copper) and “white” (silver) wires. There is a thin line between the rhombuses and the triangles, inlaid with one “red” metal (copper) wire. The ornamentation of the lateral sides of the pommel head is in a poor state of preservation. However, the presence of “flags” is obvious and the remaining surface was continuously coated with silver.
The encrustation (inlaying) density is about 2 wires per 1 mm.
The lower surface of the pommel base and the upper surface of the crossguard are covered by brass plate The handle made from horn Finished sword
The sword from “Shestovitsa”
The authentic sword is exhibited in historical museum of Chernigov (Ukraine) http://museum.velizariy.kiev.ua/chernigiv/im_kr/index.html
The encrustation (inlaying) density is about 20 wires per 10 mm.
Finished sword with scabbards