Harvey Withers – Musings on my Favourite Antique Swords #3

Here is another posting in a series of articles looking at some of my favourite antique swords...

Over the years, I have come across thousands of unusual and interesting swords and I thought that it would be good to share with you some of the best.  They don't come in any particular order of merit but check back often as I will be adding more on a regular basis.

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Background

This is a very interesting example of a La Tene culture Celtic warrior's sword.  The La Tene culture is named as such from the site of La Tene near Lake Neuchatel, in Switzerland, where in 1857, a large hoard of Celtic artifacts was found, including many swords.

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The Sword

This sword is quite typical of many La Tene culture warrior's broadswords and consists of a bronze, antenna-type pommel, with a wide, double-edged blade with a distinctive rib that runs the length of the blade.

The Scabbard

The sword comes complete with its original iron scabbard although the blade cannot be sheathed - I never tried to force it into the scabbard so it might have been possible - it certainly is the right length for the blade.

© Musings on my Favourite Antique Swords article #3 by Harvey Withers – harveywithers.com

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