An Italian broadsword with "crab claw" hilt
An Italian broadsword with "crab claw" hilt, probably Venetian c 1620-1630. The stout double edged blade with raised reinforcing ribs. The guard comprises 4 down turned quillons with filed edges and 2 sideguards with filed geometric decoration between which is a fluted steel shellguard all screwed to the crosspiece. The large swollen pommel has 16 facets. The grip is bound with twisted iron wire and retains its original turk's heads. Good age patina overall.
Blade length 29¼" (74.2cms) Overall length 35" (89cms)
for a very similar sword see L. Boccia & E. Coelho "Armi Bianche Italiane" Milano 1975 No 586.