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Daniel Sullivan




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PostPosted: Mon 02 Aug, 2010 11:18 am    Post subject: Help in IDing sword         Reply with quote

Greeting,

Had this item for a number of years, but never really had a good opinion concerning the authenticity. Would appreciate any help or leads.

(1) Weight = 7lbs. (2) OA Length = 72 1/4 " (3) Blade = 55 1/2 " (ricasso 9 1/2") (4) Handle (wood) = 13" (5) Pommel (w/button) = 3" (6) Quillon = 3/4" (7) Quillons = 14" X 1/4" (8) Side ring (one) 4 3/4" X 3" (9) Lugs = 8 1/4" X 5/16"
(10) Blade (flattened diamond), at ricasso = 1 5/8" X 5/16", at 1 1/4" from tip =1 3/8" X 1/8", at widest =2 1/8"

There is a nice even distal taper from the lugs to the point. The balance is simply superb; can be twirled like a baton in spite of the weight.

Marking on ricasso is a variation of Cross and Orb, discernable only with point up. All fittings were silvered, 60-70 % remaining, Handle studded with silver capped nails 25 on lower porion and 14 on top (w/31 remaining}. Remanents of red material remaining under rings at ends of handle; appears to be velvet(?)

My opinion is that it was a working weapon, North Italian or Swiss, converted to a bearing sword. The handle does not appear to be quite as old as the metal parts and the marking is not that deeply struck, might be engraved(?)...

Regards,
Dan



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PostPosted: Mon 02 Aug, 2010 11:20 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Can you also post at least one larger-sized version? Those photos are very small.

My first look made me think it appeared very familiar to me. I'm not sure why.

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PostPosted: Mon 02 Aug, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: Help in IDing sword         Reply with quote

Nathan,

Thanks for input... as requested.



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PostPosted: Mon 02 Aug, 2010 2:43 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

That looks immediately recognizable to me but I can't place it! it's driving me nuts.
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PostPosted: Mon 02 Aug, 2010 6:30 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I've been out of the loop for many years, and it is quite some time since I last visited a museum storeroom, but something about that sword gives me the impression that it might be of a later date. The point looks rather crude, and the grip looks more decorative than practical. It could be a composite, but don't take my word for it.
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