This sword appears to be ancient, but it is too short to be a spatha and too narrow to be a gladius. Any other opinions?
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Agreed, it doesn't really look like any Roman piece
I've seen, though I don't know as much about the later
eras. The chape and that plate at the throat remind
me of 14th century scabbards.
Frankly, if it's on ebay, I start with the
assumption that it's either fake or looted (though
there are a few reputable ebay dealers). "The
Balkans" is certainly a strip-mine for looted
artifacts these days, but the Item Location of
"Netherlands, United States" sounds like an indicator
for a fake!
Posted by: "Foster Stanback"
This sword appears to be ancient, but it is too
short to be a spatha and too narrow to be a gladius.
Any other opinions?
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