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BOAC 12 century sword


J. Helmes

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Hello, I wanted to share my most recent sword. This one is an inspirstion based on sword X12 fron Records of the Medieval sword. The original is currently at the museumof Glasgow The blade is a high layer combination of 1095 and wrought iron wit silver inlay The hilt parts are also wrought. The scabbard is wool lined with a wooden core and leather cover. The scabbard fittings are also wrought iron. For anyone interested I have more pics up on my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.537710749574940.123844.145872495425436&type=1 The sword weighs 2 lb just under 3 oz. The blade is 27" lobg with a POB of 3 3/4" af51eac7-0bc3-4bd6-9673-1d6ecea3cdf0_zpscaf6bf44-9864-42ca-b8d7-d882846b0d0a_zpsac0c381a-4112-4b6e-a368-84d6e0049372_zps

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that is really a thing of beauty. I am happy to just stare at it. Great inlay, too.

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Brilliant, Jeff. Really well done. Your inlay is incredible. There's something about most other inlay that I've seen that seems a bit contrived, but this has the perfect flow and feel to it. Great work on the scabbard, too, I love the way the straps cross and intersect.

 

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Whoa. The inlay"font" looks weird, but cool! I love that type of sheath. Nice work :)

“Then something Tookish woke up inside him, and he wished to go and see the great mountains, and hear the pine-trees and the waterfalls, and explore the caves, and wear a sword instead of a walking-stick.”

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It seems to be a time traveler that popped into the fututre from the 12th century. Looks like it may have met William Wallace at some point in it's career, or perhaps served a Templer while in the holy land. Very fine!

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A really really fine sword and excellent work of course.

 

When I visited Glasgow last year I had to scratch this sword from my list of swords to study, but it was a hard decision. It is one of those very fine swords that are pretty unappreciated, or at least not often put forward as great examples of the sword smiths art. It is a shame, since it really is such a fine sword.

 

Congratulations to work well done! I know the customer will be thrilled :-)

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Thanks everyone! From what I gathered of the original inlay, the BOAC was apparently repeated 4 times. My client and I decided on one single large inlay based on Ewart Oakshottes interpretation of it. It would have been great to have seen it in person. The tale of the original sword must have been an interesting one. The inlay was quite complicated and done in gold as I am lead to understand. Perhaps comisioned by some returning crusader?

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"The original was obviously made for a time-travelling employee of British Airways between 1940 and 1974, though. ;)"

 

I believe Jeff Pringel may have thought it could have been made for a Blue Oyster Cult aficinado. That makes things a little more complicated as it technically falls withing the same era...

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One day I shall have such a thing of beauty...... B)

Awesome piece...!!

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