Brass hilt with slightly asymmetrical shell guards, which feature dates it to the early period. 17th century example had guards of identical size or slightly asymmetrical as here. As the form evolved in the 18th century, the right guard grew to better protect the hand. The guards decorated each side inside and out with a portrait in an oval above addorsed griffins, probably armorial devices on baroque ornamental grounds. The portrait repeated on each side of the pommel. Wire wrapped grip with banded ferrules (another early feature) and vertical bars set in grooves. 29 5/8” diamond section blade. The forte of flattened diamond section flanked by reeded bands. The flats with brass inlay of foliage and grapes. Some inlay lacking.