This elegant example represents the fighting sword in its finest form. Its down turned guard with large side ring and heavy pommel provide protection for the hand and counter balance for the blade. It is an arming sword, capable of an effective attack on an armored opponent. It comes from a group represented in several public collections. An example in the Musée de l'Armée, Paris #195 illustrated in Armi Bianche Italiane, no. 535 has a nearly identical hilt but its blade is from an earlier sword. A gold damascened example is in the Museo Poldi Pezzoli, #2192 and there is evidence that the hilt of this example was originally gilt. In accordance with the other examples from this group, it is likely that this sword was made in Venice. 36 3/4" length blade.