Basket-hilt sword



Italian craftsman

Northern Italy, early 17th century

Material: Chiselled forged iron

Size: 130 cm long

Review by Gherardo Turchi

The amazing sword we’re going to analyse was forged by one of the most skilful craftsmen living in Northern Italy in the early seventeenth century.

Double-edged and diamond section-shaped, the blade has a finely chiselled fuller running along its whole length.

Greatly preserved, the sword we’re analysing has a rather flexible blade due to the high-quality iron it’s made of. This makes it very wieldy and reliable, both tactically and aesthetically speaking.

The finely chiselled pommel, whose floral-shaped decorations are worthy of note, counterweights such a thick blade at its sweet spot, just in accordance with the ars belli codex.

Because of the complex design of the guard, whose saltire bars are enhanced by some mask-shaped decorative patterns, we can surely date back the sword to the early seventeenth century Italian production.

Just as the pommel, both the chiselled forward-guard and quillon are amazingly decorated.

They may lead us to assume the craftsman was asked for the sword by some local nobles.

At that time, as a matter of fact, they used to turn to the most skilful smiths to get their own blades perfectly balanced with their armours, tactically speaking.

That’s why, to sum up, we can certainly maintain the sword we’ve just analysed was not only something to show off in everyday life, but also such a reliable cold steel to use on the battlefield.

For further information, please see Gherardo Turchi’s Regina Belli, ed. Tipografia Etrusca, 2017, p. 44.

 
 
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