~ Late 16th century Italian Schiavona Sword ~
The Schiavona was a Renaissance sword that became popular in Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries.
Stemming from the 16th-century sword of the Balkan mercenaries who formed the bodyguard of the Doge of Venice, the name came from the fact that the guard consisted largely of the Schiavoni, Istrian and Dalmatian Croats.
The Schianova sword it is widely recognisable for its "cat's-head pommel" and distinctive handguard made up of many leaf-shaped iron bars which is attached to the cross-bar and knucklebow rather than the pommel.
The blade's back is decorated wit leaves etchings.
The grips are made of wood and fixed to the metal core of the handle using two cooper rings.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade length is 35 inches (89 cm) and the overall length of the sword is 40 inches (101.6 cm).
It weighs 1.3 kg.
~ Condition ~
The sword is in very good condition for it age.
The grip's cooper rings aged due to which the wooden grip is a bit loose.
Except for minor spots of surface rust the metal remains in excellent condition.
There is some amount of pitting on the blade, especially towards its tip, but its general condition is excellent.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £20 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.
~ The Schiavona ~
Classified as a true broadsword, this war sword had a wider blade than its contemporary civilian rapiers. It was basket hilted (often with an imbedded quillon for an upper guard) and its blade was double edged. A surviving blade measures 93.2 cm × 3.4 cm × 0.45 cm and bears two fullers or grooves running about 1/4 the length of the blade. Weighing in at around 1.1 kg, this blade was useful for both cut and thrust.
The schiavona became popular among the armies of those who traded with Italy during the 17th century and was the weapon of choice for many heavy cavalry. It was popular among mercenary soldiers and wealthy civilians alike; examples decorated with gilding and precious stones were imported by the upper classes to be worn as a combination of fashion accessory and defensive weapon