Brass hilt of large proportions with asymmetrical shell guards. Decorated throughout with mythological figures including cherubs to the inner guards and Pegasus opposite. Wire wrapped grip. 35 ¾” diamond section blade. The forte with deep groove marked TOMAS DE ALLA, in imitation of the famed Spanish maker, Thomas de Ayala. The application of esteemed maker’s names to blades was a common practice. This sword represents the transition from heavy rapier to smallsword which accompanied the evolution of fencing techniques. It mounts a traditional rapier blade with a hilt proportioned to balance and control it. See the accompanying image with the American silver hilted sword for size comparison. The combination of a Spanish maker (albeit by reference) and Greek mythological theme suggests a Mediterranean origin, Spain, or Italy, perhaps France.