Behold, I give you the California sword:
I learned of this sword though an email sent to me by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. He gave me permission to write about the sword and use the images he provided.
As you can see, the California sword is in better shape than either the Nova Scotia or Florida swords. Here is an excerpt of the text of the email:
"Two months ago, I bought an extremely similar sword, almost exactly the same . . . In fact, in comparison to the other two known swords, mine is more defined or clearer in its detail. You can see the lion's head/skin very clearly draped over Hercules' head and you can see the lion's paws on his thighs. It was sold as a replica, originally priced at around two hundred dollars, but I think I only paid twenty five, as there was no interest in it. . . . The sword measures 24 inches in length, about 5 more than the other two swords. The figural part is 7 inches, which is the same length as the others. The only difference I can see is that the blade on mine is not completely flat. It has blade "grooves", or whatever the technical term for these are, it seems a lot of swords have them."
The more of these swords turn up, the more likely it is, I think, that we'll eventually figure out the source. I'm betting it's not ancient Rome.
I've asked the owner of this sword to look for any distinguishing marks (such as a stamp) that might help determine the place/time it was manufactured. If anyone has any ideas of things to look for on the California sword, let me know and I'll pass them on to the owner.
Finally, I'd just like to repeat for the record the original statement from the the story of the alleged Roman sword allegedly associated with an alleged Roman shipwreck in Nova Scotia:
"Now lead researcher and historic investigator J. Hutton Pulitzer, who also stars in the show [Curse of Oak Island], has put a large white paper together with a group of academics from the AAPS (Ancient Artifact Preservation Society).
The main discoveries include a Roman sword found submerged just off Oak Island - and what is believed to be a Roman shipwreck.
Pulitzer says this sword is ‘100 per cent confirmed’ and described it as the ‘smoking gun’ to his theory."
That's all the credibility of Pulitzer and the AAPS on the line right there, folks: "100 per cent confirmed."