Excellent early example with bronze hilt, undoubtedly gold overlaid originally, modeled as a fierce demon or dragon with pierced copper crest and toothy opened mouth with articulated tongue. Sinewy scaled body. Pierced foliate knuckle guard. 6" recurved d.e. double fullered blade with finely chiseled hound's tooth and foliate decoration. Excellent for the period with mottled smooth gray staining to the blade. Rare.