Ancient Bronze Sword Dagger With Iron Blade Western Asiatic 10th-7th c BC
Very rare ancient Western Asiatic - Caspian Sea area, bronze hilted short sword – dagger 10th - 7th Century B.C. The bronze hilt with antenna pommel and cylindrical ribbed grip splayed at the base to take the double – edged iron blade with medial fuller grooves.
The ancient swords with iron blades are extremely rare and rarely survive the ages, disintegrating over time and an example like this is very uncommon to find today in the market in original condition.
A weapon like this was reserved for warriors of nobility as this was a very luxurious weapon in its time and one that represented the dawning of a new invention of blade weapons incorporating iron in their blades instead of being entirely made of bronze.
The fact that iron was being used for weapons even during the bronze age when the vast majority of weapons would have been made with bronze. Those with iron weapons would have been at a great advantage since iron was muck harder and could break bronze quite easily.
CONDITION: showing the age and usage dark green patina, broken blade.
MEASUREMENTS: Overall length: 32 cm (12.6 inches)
Provenance: From an old Canadian collection formed in the 1980s.