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Jared Stier
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Well my friend got back to me, no pictures yet, but there did not appear to be any engraving on this one and the size you mentioned was his guesstamation as well so I am going with that. Hopefully I will get to start on this one soon.

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Still set on doing this. I am going to use the sheer steal I make at ric's class for the blade and after talks with Petr, i will need to learn how set a stone as I am going put a red garnet in the pommel. Cant wait to start on this one

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I would love to see some Staffordshire-type decoration on the fittings to go with that garnet, but that's just personal taste invading an otherwise well-thought-out project. Good luck, keep posting. Can't wait to see your shear, either.

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Still set on doing this. I am going to use the sheer steal I make at ric's class for the blade and after talks with Petr, i will need to learn how set a stone as I am going put a red garnet in the pommel. Cant wait to start on this one

In that case, I've got some more information now on that sax:

 

Narrow_sax_Ford_Laverstock_Wiltshire_barrow2_drawing.jpg

 

Narrow_sax_Ford_Laverstock_Wiltshire_barrow2_description.JPG

Jeroen Zuiderwijk

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The drawing shows a possible welded spine. Is this just the artist rendition or what it really had?

Nope, they're decorative grooves. The most common is decoration is one or multiple lines along the spine, and along the middle of the blade, meeting up near the front (with the lower lines continuing at equal distance from the edge and the top ones at equal distance from the spine).

 

Here you can see a German example with the decoration more preserved:

 

Sax_Weingarten_grave_253_Germany.jpg

 

More complex decorated examples exist, like the ones reproduced by Ben Potter and Petr Florianek.

 

It's difficult to make out the decoration the drawer tried to show on this sax, but it looks like parallel lines from the spine to just above the middle of the blade, possibly similar to this broadsax:

 

http://1501bc.com/page/limburgs_museum3/06110146.jpg

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