The Gothic Revival of the 19th century spawned several industries to meet the demand for original and reproduction items in historic styles. The decorative cutlery industry in Toledo Spain flourished, producing generations of highly skilled craftsmen whose products, on a whole, exceeded their Renaissance forbears for quality. The standard was largely maintained until the First World War after which it declined and the products became more commercial, such as rapiers mounted as floor ashtrays. This sword dates to the late 19th to early 20th century. Marked TOLEDO on the ricasso, the absence of any identification of country of original suggests a pre-1898 date. It has a rolled edge cup, magnificently hand decorated. The 32 3/8” blade is fullered at the forte, each side and decorated with black enamel on gold. The cup is a true work of art damascened in gold and silver in Moorish inspired panels and showing the slight variations of handwork seen in designer jewelry. The original scabbard bears top and bottom mounts matching. The scabbard leather is of the heavy type and work seen in 19th-century sporting gun cases, and is now weak, though intact. Just scattered minor wear/weakness of the decoration and slight loss to the blade plating, all consistent with its age. A real show stopper!

Stock Number: FNS9528

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