sword found in the banks of Fyris river in Uppsala, Sweden
had already been an amazing day for us at the University of
Uppsala storeroom. We were able to document and handle some
two dozen Viking swords.
We just finished documenting a half dozen medieval swords
of various types and periods when we decided to go over the
storeroom shelves one more time before packing up for the
I grabbed a ladder and climbed to the top to view the contents
of the upper shelves. My eye caught a glimpse of two spherical
shapes in the middle of the shelf. My heart started to race
as I realized that there was another Tritonia-like-sword,
plus a huge hollowground sword with a spherical pommel right
next to each other.
I looked down at Peter and said, "you are not going to believe
We quickly traded places. All Peter said was, "be still my
heart." He carefully handed the swords down to me.
The Count guard is the result of that serendipitous moment.
The Tritonia-like-sword, which was quite rusted, had this
beautifully designed guard that really made a tremendous statement.
The Count would have been a contemporary of the sword, so
it is fitting that the Count bears such an elegant guard.
As you can see from the picture, the guard is quite rusted,
but the elegant lines and symmetry of the guard is obvious.
By placing it on the Count, it is adds a tasteful flourish
to an already noble sword.
The principal inspiration for the Count pommel
Other similar period pommels