Greek Bronze-Hilted Xiphos Short Sword
Greek Bronze-Hilted Xiphos Short Sword > Lot No. 1343
A xiphos short sword, the iron blade leaf-shaped with two median ribs; the grip of rectangular section with ribbed collar, the lower guard of lentoid section with triangular extensions to each edge; the pommel a thick iron block.
7th-5th century BC
430 grams, 41 cm
Bronze hilt complete, iron pommel and blade degraded.
Property of a Hampshire Gentleman; acquired before 1990.
The sword is believed to be of the shorter Spartan design with a blade of around 30 cm, distinct from the more usual 50-60 cm blades used by other Greek armies. The surviving blade of the present piece is 27 cm.
Estimate: £300 - 400 (EUR 350 - 470; USD 470 - 630)
Auction date: Thursday 4th October 2012 & Friday 5th October 2012 Coins & Antiquities
Sold for: £650
Lot No. 1343