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Italian Crab-claw Infantry Sword, ca. 1620
Iron hilt with symmetrical down-turned double quillons incised with checkered decoration on the finials. Obverse with shell guard riveted to the quillon block and sandwiched between two side rings, the larger ring with scalloped edges. Faceted ovoid pommel with flattened button finial; original grip wrapped with coarse iron wire and finished with braided copper turks heads top and bottom. Double-edged 29" hexagonal-section blade with long ricasso and 7" central fuller stamped with "*IHS*" on both sides, with an additional mark stamped below the fuller. Sword shows great age with dark brown patina, wear, and signs of battle use. Overall length 34".
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