Conservation of the early-16th century sword I found back in August continues apace at Studio Västsvensk Konservering. Its preservation is exquisite, and as usual with conservation of metal objects, a lot of new discoveries are made in the lab. Check out Vivian Smits’ photographs!
This is clearly a battle-worn weapon that has been lost during combat. The edges have several fresh parry nicks that would have made the sword hard to sheathe, damage that would have been seen to after the fighting’s end. But the sword was most likely dropped into the sea.
Update 16 January: Vivian Smits adds, in response to comments here (and I translate):
… the blade has major damage near the point, where some material is missing [this is where it was wedged between the hazel’s roots]. … The point is slightly bent and one end of one cross-bar is deformed.
The blade bears traces of at least three “fresh” sword blows which suggests that the sword was lost during combat. All three are on the same side. The damage to the cross bar (which is on the opposite side from the nicks in the blade) may thus also be battle damage. The nicks are at 16, 28 and 39 cm from the point of the blade, which is all in all c. 70 cm long. [The total length is 92 cm.]