Cambridgeshire, England. Just over 7” total length with tapered “whittle tang” which identifies these, as they were used without guards. Originally mounted in a wood or antler grip with the tang tip bent to secure the mount. (See and for similar examples with original grips.)  Straight back blade of a relatively thin section for slashing, and not thick like a work knife. A slashing weapon, designed for throat-cutting, these were so esteemed by Vikings that it was these, rather than the larger scramseaxes, that were buried with the warriors. Virtually every old town in Cambridgeshire has a recorded Viking history. Ely Abbey was destroyed in 870 by Danish raiders and Huntingdon was a staging place for Danish raids until 917, to mention two. Excavated and professionally conserved with Plexiglas display mount.
Stock Number: B4061

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