Probably English, this sword incorporates the stiff diamond section blade with stramazzone point, flattened and of elongated leaf form to inflict the slashing wound. A near identical example which also mounts a stiff dueling blade is illustrated in Swords and Daggers, Wilkinson, 1967, pl. 71 right. Both are built with knuckle bows of somewhat elongated form which allow for two hand use with the first two fingers of the left hand on the grip and the last two gripping the large pommel. The form of the sword and its intended use derive directly from the Italian fencing schools of the period which include the two hand grip technique. Dignity as well as survival dictated that gentlemen throughout Europe embraced the latest fencing methods and arms. 31 1/2" length blade.