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Does anyone have pictures of the Nijmegen sword?

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I am talking about actual photographs and not drawings and I am referring to the Nijmegen sword with the serpent pattern.

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I bit more information on these swords from Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde, Volume 5, pp. 199-200 (google books)

J. Ypey: "Damaszierung"; in: Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde", Band 5, S. 191.

 

Nijmegen zwaard page 199 v2.png

 

Nijmegen zwaard page 200.png

 

The sketch for the Iversheim sword (or both swords) might originate in:

Das fränkische Gräberfeld von Iversheim : Kreis Euskirchen

Christiane Neuffer-Müller.
Published: Berlin : G. Mann, 1972.
Note: At head of title: Römisch-Germanische Kommission des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts. Rheinishces Landesmuseum Bonn des Landschaftsverbandes Rheinland.
Physical Description: 110 p. : illus.
ISBN: 3786110581
Edited by Skip Williams
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Hmm... I have no photos at least. It's not on display in the museum in Nijmegen at least, and the internet doesn't find it either. I may have a document that lists it. I'll have to dig for it.

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Thank you all.

That's an interesting description although Google translate is limited. Thanks, Skip.

Jeroen, if at any time you have the chance to see it I would love to have some pictures of it. The construction is reminiscent of the Vehmaa, Finland sword.

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Sebastiaan Pelsmaeker summarized Ypey's opinion of this sword as follows

from Sebastiaan B.M. Pelsmaeker BA Master Thesis, Weapons of Princes, Weapons of War? An experimental analysis of pattern-welded swords from northwestern Europe, 400-1100 AD



Number V

Find location: The Waal near Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Date: 9th century AD

Literature: Ypey 1983, pp. 199-201.

Other information: This sword is similar to a type IV in appearance, however, in construction it is

different the other swords. First it should be noted that this sword has many small faults; indicating

either an inexperienced smith or a troublesome material. Due to the bad forging of this blade it is

mostly thinner than 3 mm and it has a very irregular appearance. On one side of this sword the core

is constructed of two twisted rods in a herringbone pattern, on the other side it features a wave-like

piece of pattern-welding. It appears that the wavy piece is overlaid on top fo the two twisted rods,

possibly to increase the sword’s thickness and flexibility.

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I've been looking because I'm pretty sure i have an image of the blade somewhere, one that I confused for the Vhelma sword at one time. I cant seem to find it right now though, but it had the description of the serpent

'overlayed' ontop of the blade

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Thanks, Skip. The construction clue fits in the puzzle.

A long distance from Nijmegen to Vehmaa but it could have happened.

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