Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650

Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650

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Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650
Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650
Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650
Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650
Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650
Italian Schiavona Broadsword, Venice ca. 1650

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The schiavona is a distinctly Venetian sword carried for centuries by the Dalmatian mercenaries hired by the Doge of Venice. The earliest examples had a simple cruciform hilt which evolved progressively to the ornate intricate basket hilt of the 18th C. The one feature that remained throughout its period of use is the distinctive cat’s head pommel, the earliest examples being of iron with later pommels of brass or bronze. This 17th C example features a possibly earlier unmarked 35 1/2" double-edged broadsword blade with a central fuller extending to within about 6" of the point (scattered pitting and point rounded). Hilt of flattened bars with chiseled double grooves in the major elements, forge-welded into a protective basket; riveted thumb ring on reverse. Cast bronze cats head pommel with dark patina; original leather-wrapped grip. Unmodified straight reverse quillon, rarely found, as the vast majority were bent for actual use due to the fact that the straight quillon tended to jab into the side of the wearer. Basket guard loose, as typically found, otherwise very good with dark age patina. Overall length 41 1/2"

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  • Reference #
  • SB1159c
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  • 1
  • Category
  • Militaria & Weapons
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  • Antiques
  • Year
  • ca. 1650
  • Country of Origin
  • Italy
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