Original: Venetian, circa 1750
This hilt of this complex schiavona
, created by Patrick Bárta of TEMPL Historic Arms
, is of a form categorized by Ewart Oakeshott
as a Type 2 variant. It is characterized by its single row of chevron-shaped bars between the two diagonal upper bars forming the "basket". All the hilt's components are crafted from 300-year-old iron, showing the inclusions from the antique material, and is completely forge-welded in construction.
The various bars of the hilt are decorated with incised lines. The leather-covered grip is firmly stitched and fitted over a spiral-bound grip core. The rear quillon is left in-tact, and un-bent, as can be seen on many originals. A thumb-ring completes the hilt arrangement on the rear.
The blade is particularly detailed, having incised lines following its fuller and ricasso, stamped diamonds and crosses, and a F E R R A R A
stamp within the fuller of one side of the blade. The brass pommel is of "cat's head" design and is precisely decorated with a textured background and dots surrounding its edges. An eight-pedaled "flower-shaped" boss sits centered on each face.
The blade was made in accordance with an example mounted on a schiavona
in Malbork, Poland. The hilt was inspired by an example in Lysice Castle, and the original pommel and scabbard that provided inspiration can be found in a Prague museum.
The wood-cored scabbard, covered in leather and finished with decorative brass accents, was crafted to match an example found in Prague. It has decorative cutouts on its chape and a hook to hold it into its carrier.
Overall length: 39.5"
Weight: 2.85 pounds
Blade: 33.25" long; 1.375" wide tapering to 1"
Fuller: 12" long
Grip and pommel: 6" long
Point of Balance (PoB): 4.5" from cross-guard
Center of Percussion (CoP): ~22.5" from cross-guard
Maker: Patrick Bárta, TEMPL Historic Arms
, Czech Republic.
This item has been retired from the collection.