Antique Italian Sword Rapier by Antonio Pichinio
Exceptional antique 17th -18th century Italian sword Rapier. Details: A 17th century long blade of flattened hexagonal section cut with two short slender fullers on each face. An early 18th century gold gilded copper hilt with a faceted knuckle bow with a pair of vertical quillions, a shallow cup-guard, a globular pommel, and a grip chiseled with a spiralling twisted wire pattern. Made by the prominent Italian Milanese sword smith family, Pichinio, and signed on the respective gold gild face "Antonio Pichinio" between decorative marks. The sword makers of Milan were of European importance, and even the mere sellers of daggers and blades were privileged citizens, whom the very archbishops respected. Milanese sword and armour makers were renowned in France, England, Italy and in other European countries. Another famous sword smith of this family was Friderico and Francisco Pichinio. Overall length; 109,5 cm (43 1/8 in). Condition: The sword is in very good condition.
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