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A Venetian Schiavona dating to the early 18th century. The hilt is a typical representation of the distinctive design of the Schiavona guard, consisting of a complex trellis of delicately formed flattened bars with rounded and well finished edges.
The rear quillon terminates in a globular finial and a thumb guard loop is present inside the hilt. The brass pommel is fashioned in the typical cat’s head shape with integral button and finished with a grotesque mask either side. The wooden grip is covered with attractive brass wire binding and mounted with brass ferrules top and bottom.
The single edged blade has a single broad fuller extending from the end of a short ricasso near the hilt to the tip. The blade is just over 31.25 inches (79.5 cm) long and in total the sword is just under 37 inches (94 cm) long. The sword is generally in good russet condition covered with an attractive and consistent brown patina with patches of light pitting on some parts of the hilt.