Gilt hilt with flamboyant thickened edge bowl guard and radially reeded pommel. One piece diced ebony grip. 28 3/4" curved broad fullered blade with slender clipped point in the Italian taste. The first half well decorated with military motifs, foliage and the arms of Italy. The forte with Brescian maker's logo. Excellent preservation throughout. Made with early methods including hand application of the decoration which is deeper than normally encountered for the period. The Hilt is fire gilt, probably the latest application of that technique we have seen. This sword dates to the period of Italy's expansion into colonialism in Africa and the conflicts which it brought on including the Italo-Ethiopian War (1895-6) and the ongoing war with the Ottoman Empire which controlled Lybia.