18th-early 19th century. The hilt with fire gilt bronze pommel and guard. Ebony grip inlaid with chiseled iron plates both sides and edges. Fine heavy 33 3/4" fighting blade, flattened diamond section with narrow fullers at the forte. Papal Chamberlains, technically, Chamberlain of the Sword and Cape, were appointed from the nobility and high ranking clergy. Some were hereditary, spanning centuries of service by families close to the papacy while others were conferred in recognition of devotion and service to the Pope. It was among the highest honor conferred by the Papacy. This example remounts a family blade as was often done.