E.B. Erickson Schiavona
Original: Italian, circa 1650
Reknown author Ewart Oakeshott
would classify this form of basket-hilt a Type 2 schiavona
. Its bars of flattened-triangular section each originate at the cross-guard and terminate near the pommel. Between each bar are several connecting bars, forming the completed hilt. The only hilt ornamentation can be seen in the form of incised lines decorating the ends of some of the bars.
The brass shield-shaped pommel is known as a "cat's head" style and is typical for shiavone
. The grip is a simple leather-over-wood type with spiral-bound cord underneath.
The robust blade is a highly modified Del Tin Armi Antiche
sample with a wide fuller extending three-quarters of its length. There is a leather-covered ricasso nested between the hilt's finger-rings.
Overall length: 38.75"
Weight: 2.75 pounds
Width of guard: 5.5"
Blade: 33.5" long; 1.625" wide tapering to 1"
Ricasso: 1.25" long, leather covered
Fuller: 24" long
Grip and pommel: 5" long
Point of Balance (PoB): 5.5" from cross-guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~23" from cross-guard
Maker: E.B. Erickson
This piece is based on several extant originals including the one shown here, circa 1630-60.
This item has been retired from the collection.