Brass hilt with fully modeled lion head pommel, double shell guards and three bar guards connected to the knuckle bow. Large thumb ring to the left side. Down curved quillon and chevron pattern heavy brass wire wrapped grip. 28 1/4” curved single fullered, s.e. blade, well decorated first third with trophies of arms, foliage and motto Pro Deo fide et Patria. Blade excellent with decoration crisp and near all original finish. Few patches old black oxidation toward the point. Hilt untouched with rich age patina. Classic fighting sword of the Swiss mercenaries, among the most respected in the world, who served as royal guards for many heads of state as well as the Pope.