By Doug Crowell
This past Friday night, Blockhouse Investigations could be found in a little place called Smith's Cove, examining (ok, we admit we waved it around a little too) a Hercules hilted sword replica, almost identical to the sword shown in the Swordplay Season 3 Episode 11 of Curse of Oak Island (COOI). Before we go any further, we have to clarify for the record that the Smith's Cove that we visited was not the one on Oak Island, but the one found in Digby County, on the opposite coast from the island. David Cvet, president & founder of the Academy of European Medieval Martial Arts had graciously allowed us to inspect the Hercules hilted replica in his collection.
David Cvet teaches Medieval Marital Arts in Digby Nova Scotia.
Interested in learning to sword fight? Check out the academy website at www.aemma.org
Mr. Cvet is very knowledgeable in medieval weaponary, and he tells us he bought his replica "Roman" sword during a visit to the Pompeii Museum 12 years ago. He could not recall if he bought his replica on the museum's premises, or outside of it, but he referred to the shop as a Craft shop, which is basically a type of gift and souvenir outlet. At the time of his visit to the Pompeii Museum, David tells us that he did not see an original version of this sword on display, however, most museums do not have room to display their full collections. We have an inquiry into the Pompeii Museum in Naples Italy, for which we are awaiting a reply at the time of this article. While we wait, let's consider a couple of possibilities regarding the origin of these replicas. We asked Mr. Cvet what features to look for in an original sword when compared to these replicas (like the sword shown on COOI S3 E11):
"Swordplay", the 11th episode of Curse of Oak Island's third season aired earlier tonight in Canada, and the Oak Island Tours Incorporated partners had their "Roman" sword tested and those tests returned results that identified it not as a Roman era sword, but a replica with a creation date of no earlier than 1880. Research is still being conducted to determine if these replicas fit into the first or second possible origin scenarios as stated above. Thanks to Mr. Cvet and the curator of the Middle East department at the Royal Ontario Museum, who pointed out a link to the replica sword that best matches the "Cvet" sword [ https://www.ancientsculpturegallery.com/gladiator-sword-from-pompeii-museum-replica.html ] we are that much closer to solving the mystery of the origins of these replicas. One thing has become clear after tonight's episode of Curse of Oak Island and the research being done by many individuals who care about spreading accurate history, the idea that the "Roman Sword" found in Nova Scotia, and presented on Curse of Oak Island tonight, is anything other than relic from the 1880s or newer is 100% laid to rest.
Cvet Sword Data
We weighed and measured the "Cvet" sword and have sent the data to anthropological archaeologist, Andy White, who has been diligently working at comparing multiple replicas of this sword in order to try and determine the origin of their design. You can follow Andy and his rebuttals to the Roman sword in Nova Scotia is 100% verified claims of self-styled history heretic J. Hutton Pulitzer at the following links:
The Cvet Sword as seen by Blockhouse Investigations in Smith's Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia on Friday, Jan 22nd 2016.
Width of hilt (Hercules Club: 76mm (2.99 inches)
Length: 43.4975cm (17.13 inches)
Blade width: 40mm (1.57 inches)
Blade thickness: 4.8mm (0.19 inches)
Thickness at shoulder near the hilt: 8.6mm (0.34 inches)
Weight: 1.245kg (2.75 pounds)
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