Finest 17th C. Italian Dalmation Schiavona with gold inlaid blade (ID: e270)
Finest 17th C. Italian Dalmation Schiavona with gold inlaid blade
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A beautiful late 17th C. Italian Croatian or Dalmatian schiavona. These pieces were carried by the Dalmatian mercenaries under the employ of Venice. This example has the finest blade I've seen on a schiavona. A two stage example with a flattened ricasso and a four pointed star cross section starting in the middle, it is very sturdy and still quite sharp. The ricasso is engraved with old French inscriptions which appear to be inlayed with gold wire. On one side it states " Mon sinnuor Le Dofin" and on the obverse " Vive Le Roi". An extremely fine example with a very well designed and good condition baskethilt. The leather on the handle appears to be later but re-leathering the handle was common on swords which saw as much actual use as a schiavona. The sword is completely tight with no shaking.