This fighting sword draws its fulsome proportions from the leading Italian sword manufacturing center of the period, Brescia. The bronze hilt was silvered overall and retains considerable silver. It was cast and hand-chiseled in a matrix of diamonds which was both pleasing to the eye and functional. The pattern on the guard served to catch an opponent's blade while that on the grip provided improved purchase. It mounts an earlier rapier blade which was a common practice. Cherished family blades were used, but more often, quality older blades were remounted as they were designed to penetrate the heavy wool or leather clothing often worn for extra protection when entering situations likely to result in swordplay. 28 7/8" length blade.