Lazio, west central, allied with the Papal States. One piece horn body with checkered sides and raised tip. 5" straight tapered blade of flattened diamond section as found on smallswords of the period. The back, edged at the point half only. Raised back ratchet, originally engaging a back spring, removed to make it a gravity knife. A thrusting weapon made for the sole purpose of stabbing an adversary and direct descendent of the traditional Italian stiletto. Well-worn with flakes and minor losses to the horn. The blade pitted in part. Probably a family heirloom with significant history as it is nonfunctional as a utility knife and its condition suggests a sustained functional history.