Late Anglo-Saxon Sword
- Dated: AD 875
- Found: 1874 in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England
An iron sword fragment and hilt were found near Abingdon in Oxfordshire in 1874. The decoration on the sword hilt indicates this was a high status weapon dating from around AD 875. The style of the guards and pommel (Peterson style L) also suggest the sword dates from the late 9th to 10th century.
The sword hilt forms one of the most important examples of the late Anglo-Saxon silversmith’s art. The hilt is decorated with six silver engraved mounts; the engraved ornament on the mounts is in the Trewhiddle style - named after finds made at Trewhiddle, Cornwall. This style combines engraving and inlay with niello (black sulphide of silver).
The upper and lower guards are curved and contain various interlaced designs, including birds, animal and human figures, and foliate patterns. The figures on the upper guard have been identified as the four symbols of the evangelists.
The style of leaf used next to the figure of the eagle on the upper guard has also been identified on early tenth century embroideries from Durham, on the back of the Alfred Jewel and a number of other objects dating to this period.
The pommel incorporates two outward-looking animal heads, with protruding ears and round eyes and nostrils, now fragmentary. The lower portion of the iron blade is missing, however X-rays of the sword show that the blade is pattern welded.
The sword was acquired by Sir John Evans and presented to the Ashmolean in 1890. It is on display in the ‘England 400-1600’ gallery on the second floor.
Source: Copyright © 2014 Ashmolean Museum
"Have you got a moment, Victoria?"
"Yes Fang, what is it?"
"Victoria who is this?"
"Dad, this is Fang my fiance. I told you about him over dinner. Remember?"
"I’ve misplaced my coat and wanted to ask if you’ve seen it… Security blanket sort of thing, y’know?"
"I’ll probably be okay without it, though…" Fang glances at Reaper’s father. "Should I be introduced?"
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and I’ll generate a number from 1 to 45 to determine where your muse has kissed mine and how my muse reacts!
friendly reminder that it’s okay to cry
i don’t care what happened, if a fictional character got hurt, or if an actor died, or if one of your friends made a ‘joke’ that hurt you, or you’re just having a shitty day, or even for no reason at all
it is always okay to cry
Its okay to cry, woman or man, adult or child. Its okay, let it flow. uvu
every rper ever: i have to reply to this but i don't know how to reply to this
I feel something so right, doing the wrong thing
I feel something so wrong, doing the right thing
I couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie, couldn’t lie
everything that kills me make me feel so a l i v e
for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.
how the fuck is this not taught in every single history class ever
girl pilots (◕‿◕✿)
girl pilots killing nazis ✧･ﾟ: *✧･ﾟ:* \(◕ヮ◕✿)/ *:･ﾟ✧*:･ﾟ✧
But, remember, women never did anything in history.
I’m reblogging this again. Always reblogging. Always
so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props
That made me feel like I was going to die just reading about it. dear lord.
Sabaton made a song about them;
People who notice everything but remain silent are to be feared.
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R: "I wonder what you were look like wearing lingerie?"
G: "What’s the easy and most painful way to rip your arm off if you ever hurt my daughter?"
"Both of you are getting an ‘I don’t know’… I don’t have the confidence to pull off lingerie, and I would never even dream of hurting your daughter."
When Fang was recruited by the Crusaders, he somehow got the understanding that the American South was literally Hell.
About a week later, he had to explain why he assaulted one of his fellow recruits.
It took 2 hours to explain that “he said he came from Texas” is not a valid reason to stab someone.