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French dagger
Topic Started: Jul 18 2017, 05:41 PM (175 Views)
D.Beauland
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Hi,
I'm a bit puzzled about this one. It is supposed to be a final bronze dagger found in the river Yonne near the city of Sens in France, but I've never seen that kind of artefact in the erea.
Does anybody knows about this type of tang and spacers style daggers?


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Todd Feinman
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Geez.. Kind of actually looks a little Chinese!
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Jeroen Zuiderwijk
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I've learned that if an artifact like this one looks out of place, it probably is. I don't recognize this dagger style from any culture though. So it could be a local oddity. But I wouldn't trust the description of the find spot. It could just as well be a middle eastern dagger that ended up with the wrong description, either falsified or by accidental mix-up. Another such example is a sword in one of the Prahistorische Bronzefunde series on German swords, where one sword is very clearly a Chinese warring states sword, but described as a local one found in a German bog. A lot of artifacts in European museums got there through antiques dealers, and they haven't always been very precise or honest with the provenance of the artifacts.
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D.Beauland
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After contact with the Museum, here are some clues:

Item n41
http://www.k-upload.fr/afficher-fichier-20...ustden.pdf.html
http://www.k-upload.fr/afficher-fichier-20...200421.pdf.html

-"Found near a circular enclosure in a gravel pit."
- Some "look alike" daggers found in nothern Italy.
- MONTELIUS 1895
- MULLER KARPE 1959

In my opinion it looks like a failed casting of a sword wich has been reworked to make it
a dagger ( you can see the odd shape of the tang in the second link). This is why it seems so unusual.

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