A while ago I read an article in ” Antique Weekly “about the RIVER WITHAM SWORD . It is a sword that is believed to be circa Thirteenth Century. It may be of English or German origin. The sword has the following markings on the blade ; ( Chi – Rho Symbol ) N D X O X C H W D R G H D X O R V I ( Chi – Rho Symbol ) . I do not know if this sword is related to Masonry or not. However, I thought that it is very interesting and others might have ideas about the origin of the sword and the meaning of the markings on its blade.
Rick A. Roberts: though the Rover Witham knightly sword is an interesting artefact, historians have already identified a number of other broadly similarly inscribed swords e.g. from Alphen aan den Rijn) from broadly the same time period. I’ll almost certainly post about this at a later date when the dust has settled a little further. 🙂
Here’s a link to a long-ish paper trying to decrypt these sword inscriptions:
Oh, and some nice pictures of the Dutch sword are here: https://myarmoury.com/talk/viewtopic.php?p=229891
New book out, Knights’ Gold, explains how 5,000 gold coins discovered in 1934 Baltimore were actually the property of the Knights’ of the Golden Circle. The head of this chapter/castle in 1860s Baltimore was also the Grand Master of the Maryland Freemasons. Check out Knights’ Gold on Amazon.
Nick and All,
After watching ” Oak Island “, I became very interested in the McGinnis Code (La Formule) . Here is my attempt at the coded message . ” STOP NOT – HIDE NOT – DIG (A HOLE) FORTY FOOT (INCH BY INCH) WITH AN ANGLE FORTY-? DEGREE – THE SHAFT (DOWNSTROKE/UPGRADE) FIFTY-…NGT ?… – TWELVE FOOT IN YOU ENTER THE CHAMBER OF GOLDEN ARK SHINING (GLEAMING) – FIVE PE…? – ACHIEVEMENT THE CHAMBER – VAZEUR . I FOUND A JACOB HENDRICCKSZ VAZEUR WHO WAS A SHIP’S BOY FOR THE DUTCH EAST INDIA COMPANY STARTING IN 1721 ON THE SHIP STADWIJK . I have been interested in Oak Island for years and years . The mystery is truly addictive .
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