An Italian Falchion
Lot 169
An Italian Falchion
Sold for £3,000 (US$ 4,920) inc. premium

Lot Details
An Italian Falchion
Circa 1600, Probably Venetian
With curved broad blade double-edged towards the clipped point, each face with shallow single fuller stamped 'Maria' repeated thrice on the front and twice on the back, and with ricasso stamped 'IHS', the back-edge bordered on each face by a line of notched zigzags, iron hilt comprising cusped flattened vertically recurved quillons, the front one forming the knuckle-guard, two oval shells, one turned up, the other down, cusped flattened beaked pommel with faceted globular button, and wire-bound wooden grip
72.6 cm. blade

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's London, Antique Arms and Militaria, 16 December 2003, lot 104

    For similar swords see L.G. Boccia and E.T. Coelho, Armi Bianche Italiane, 1975, pls. 546-8. The double shell is an unusual variation
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