Sorry - this one sold with its big brother
This is a scramasax, or long knife, from the Viking culture. It dates to roughly 900 AD. The scramasax style of knife was common to a broad time period which we can
narrow down based on the provenance of the piece. This piece wasfound in the banks of the River Cock outside the city of York in the 1950’s. York is the location of what was once one of the most important of Viking cities and several Viking encampments and villages were located along nearby rivers. This scramasax was recovered along with an early Viking sword which was first noticed sticking out of the river bank. When recovered, the sword was still clinging to its original bronze scabbard chape which was decorated on both sides with “Ravens of Odin”. Further excavation at the site also produced a large silver prick spur with two of its original buckle fittings.
This scramasax was once a part of the collection of
James Lord Corrigan, who ran a nightclub outside of London and was a well-known collector of European antiquities.
There are no signs of repair to this piece. The pommel
appears intact and original, which is unusual. Aside from surface corrosion that has been stabilized with a wax coating, the only damage appears to be minor nicks to the blade edge.
This incredible sax is being sold as a lot with the accompanying sword (in a separate listing) and the chape, spur etc that were found with it.
The total length is an amazing 40 cm with a weight of 500 grams.