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Short sword with scabbard
  • Short sword with scabbard
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Milan, Italy
  • 16th, 17th and 19th century (blade (possibly Italian))
    17th century (handle from présentoir)
    19th century (quillons)
  • Iron, steel, ivory, wood and leather, chiselled
  • Length: 52.7 cm, blade
    Width: 6.5 cm
    Weight: 0.7 kg
  • Maker's mark: The middle mark appears to be a small capital M over the hull of a ship in a rectangle
  • A502
  • European Armoury I
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Further Reading
  • Short sword, the hilt made up of a pommel and grip of ivory made in one piece, carved with grotesque heads and acanthus leaves in relief; short crossguard of steel, of plain, square section ending in chiselled heads of grotesque animas; short, broad double-edged blade, with a maker's mark on one side.

    Scabbard of wood covered with black leather; broad locket and ferrule of steel, the former is chased on a band at the mouth en suite with the mounts of the hilt; the scabbard is ridged at the top to prevent it slipping through the belt, and at the back is a long belt-hook which is rather rough and was probably added at a later date.

    The ivory grip-pommel piece is a handle from a 17th-century presentoir. The guard is 19th-century. The blade is possibly Italian, mid-16th century.

    There is a similar sword in the possession of M. Géroudet of Geneva. The twig-mark is of a common Italian type. For a discussion of the middle mark, which appears to be a small capital M over the hull of a ship all in a rectangle, see A710. A variant with a mast and standing rigging in place of the M appears on A620 where it is accompanied by a wolf mark of Solingen type.