Celtic - La Tene Period Long Sword - 500 to 1 BCE with COA

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Seller: fieldcosearch (555) 100%, Location: East Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Ships to: US, Europe, CA, AU, Item: 254519583624 An opportunity. particularly people of Celtic descent, to own an original La Tene Period Celtic Long Sword from the height of the Celts power in Europe (500 to 1 BCE). Data from Pinterest. Around 500 BCE another Iron Age culture emerged -- the La Tène. Carts were now two-wheeled chariots. Groups of extended families were organized in clans (tuatha). The La Tène Celts never really transcended the level of clan organization, and their forays outside the Celtic sphere were for wealth more than systematic territorial expansion. They defeated Rome in 387 BCE, they raided Delphi in 279 BCE, and in 278 BCE a group of Celtic mercenaries settled in Asia Minor (the Galatians). While the Celts were quickly Romanized on the continent, La Tène culture may have persisted in Ireland until as late as the fourth century CE. They were metalworkers in bronze, silver, and gold as well as iron. Their art influenced the Germanic and, to a lesser extent, the Classical world. The Long Sword was the Celts primary close combat weapon and was normally worn on the right side of the body slung under the right armpit from a chain that ran over the left shoulder and was attached to the scabbard by a metal loop. Questions are welcome. Condition: An original Celtic "La Tene Culture" Sword in excellent condition for age and museum worthy. Sword was discovered in Serbia and comes with a COA from Galeria-Antica in Germany. The sword has some bending on the tang and mid blade presumably due to its buried condition. Although the iron is complete there has been some loss on the blade and tip. The sword was "as dug" with live rust when originally acquired and, as such, has been treated with Rennaissance Micro-Crystalline Wax, as used in museums, to counter rust loss. The overall length is slightly over 3 ft with the tang being 6 inches. Blade is 2 inches in width for majority of length. Near the tang on one side it appears that parts of the scabbard remain over several inches on the blade. Please also review photos for condition. Questions are welcome., Provenance: COA, Material: Iron

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