Viking Socketed Axe
For much of their history the Vikings were warrior-farmers, and many of their weapons originate from every-day tools or hunting implements. So, for example, the heavy boar spear with its six-foot long shaft of ash, when used in battle, became the ‘aesc’– a favourite weapon of wealthy thegns and earls.
This beautiful example of a Viking Socketted Axe, dating from the 8th-9th century A.D., may have been used for both military and domestic purposes. Measuring around 14cm in length the triangular hand-forged blade merges into a flared socket resulting in an extremely robust axe that is a pleasure to own.
Acquired by Timeless on the UK Antiquities market, 2018. Formerly in the collection of a London gallery formed in the 1970s.