Del Tin 2170 Schiavona
Original: Circa 1630-1680, Venice
The elaborate steel hilt is of basket form and is composed of many bars emanating from the cross-guard and attaching at the knuckle-guard. Each bar is then further connected with chevron-shaped pieces. Complex patterns of flattened bars welded together complete the hilt and are complimented by a substantial thumb-ring on the basket's inside.
Many authentic examples of the schiavona
are of a crude, munitions-grade construction, and this reproduction certainly fits within that description with its less-than-exact construction and rough finish.
The steel "cat's head" pommel has a raised central boss with ten raised circular shapes surrounding. The grip is spiral-bound with thick cord and is covered with black leather. The blade has a fuller extending three-quarters of its length.
Overall length: 41"
Weight: 2.9 pounds
Width of guard: 9"
Width of grip: 1.25"
Blade: 34.5" long below finger rings; 1.375" wide tapering to .625"
Fuller: 11" long
Grip and pommel: 6" long
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~21" from guard
Maker: Del Tin Armi Antiche
This piece is similar to many originals such as this example, in the style of 1650.
This item has been retired from the collection.