19th century. 14” tapered slightly curved blade chiseled in cabling and abstract shapes, alternately inlaid with engraved brass panels. Faceted iron bolster. Grip sheathed in brass engraved in motifs matching the blade. The pommel modeled as an abstract animal head. Brass with fine patina. The tip of the animal’s snout with small damage. Iron frosty with crisp decoration. Used to penetrate mail armor during the period when Barbary pirates were raiding Mediterranean shipping and coastal towns, to capture Christian slaves.

Stock Number: FNS7353

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