Fully functional scaled down swords were produced for boys destined to be warriors, primarily the sons of nobles. This all steel example, scaled to 2/3 full size, is among the earliest. It is from a well-known group of full sized examples of the same form and details, including remnants of gilt decoration. It is further distinguished by retaining its original leather covered scabbard, now slightly shrunk and fragile, preventing full sheathing of the blade. 22" length blade.