hilt on this practice sword is of a little known style: the Wallingford
Bridge type. The
stunning Viking sword from river Witham (now in the collection of the
British Museum) is one good example of a surviving Wallingford Bridge-type
The upper and lower guard are both curved, like on the Anglo Saxon type
L hilts, but the pommel does not have the exaggerated peak that is so
typical of those hilt types. Rather, it is similar to the pommel shape
of the Petersen R- and S- types.
It seems probable the type is the result of Norse and Anglo-Saxon culture
mix, and would belong to the 10th C.
sword features rounded edges, stainless steel hilt components, and a dark
brown leather-wrapped grip.
This sword would be a suitable practice equivalent for the Next Generation
length: 35.5" (90.2 cm)
Blade length: 29.875" (75.9 cm)
Blade width: 2.125" (5.4 cm)
CoG: 5.375" (13.65 cm)
CoP: 20.25" (57.4 cm)
Weight: 2.5 lbs (1.04 kg)
The Skirmish Line Wallingford...