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Italy circa: late 17th Century Straight, double-edged blade of hexagonal section, a fuller at the forte, marked "TOMAS / AIALA". Fine, shell decorated with pierced and chiselled racemes; quillon-block with chiselled acanthus leaves; quillon with small arms, twisted guard and parry quillon; fuse-shaped grip with fretwork and pierced acanthus leaves and flowers; spheroidal pommel, twisted en suite with the rest of the decoration. Over all length 41 inches.
Art of Swords Small Sword Dated: 1780 Culture: French Medium: forged steel blade; partially gilt and russet steel hilt; steel wire, leather bands, wood core Measurements: overall - l:103.50 cm (l:40 11/16 inches) Wt: .36 kg; blade - l:86.10 cm (l:33 7/8 inches); guard - w:8.30 cm (w:3 ¼ inches) Source: Copyright © 2015 Cleveland Museum of Art