This extraordinary weapon was probably produced in Brescia, Northern Italy, for a Spanish client. The cup is formed of eight panels chiseled alternately in radial petal motifs and fine pierced scrolling foliage, specific to the Spanish taste. The grip, as well, is of Spanish form with four vertical bars fluted to match the guard on a twisted wire base. The cup is mounted with a gurda polvo, an interior plate, decorated in elongated petals matching the pierced cup panels. The blade is 36 1/2" in length, 39" including the ricasso within the cup and decorated with three small foliage sprigs, each side, only. The sword's excellent preservation is probably due to its being an heirloom in a noble, perhaps titled family until the last century.