Amid the usual baloney (some of which was clearly directed at me, though he didn't mention me by name), Pulitzer provides a few details relevant to his information about and interpretation of the "Roman sword" that he claims will necessitate a "re-writing" of history. I still haven't seen the actual sword that he has seen, of course, but I have one made from the same mold sitting in my office right now (the California sword). As shown by a hilt-to-hilt comparison, the four known brass/bronze swords floating around out there were clearly all cast from the same mold (or copied from one another). The great thing about the California sword is that it preserves details not visible on the Nova Scotia sword (or any of the other ones I've seen). This means we can look at the California sword and evaluate Pulitzer's interpretation of the figure on the Nova Scotia sword.
If you didn't get it from the title of this post, he's wrong on just about every count. It's laughable.
I've only got time to talk about a few of these today. I'll call them Points 1, 2, and 3.
Point 2: A sea shell? Pulitzer claims that the design between Hercules' legs represents a sea shell that symbolizes the Atlantic. I suppose it could be a shell - who knows? It seems more likely to me that it's just a floral design to fill the space. I'm not expert in Victorian design, but it wouldn't surprise me at all to such a motif on old wallpaper. Hell, it's got nine "branches" - maybe it's a symbol of the hydra. Update (1/11/2016): An alert reader just emailed me to explain that the the design is known as a "palmette" or "anthemion."
That's all I've got time for right now. I'll be scanning the California sword today as I work on other things -- I think it will have a lot more to tell us.
Pulitzer would have been wise, I think, to purchase one of the modern Design Toscano swords before giving us his interpretation of the Nova Scotia sword. Even the Design Toscano sword, as crude a cast as it is, makes it evident that Pulitzer's claims about what is represented on these swords are a joke.