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Italian Shell Guard Infantry Sword, ca. 1620
Iron hilt with asymmetrical down-turned hexagonal-section quillons; shell guard extending outward and up from the quillon block. Tapered pommel with rounded sides and flat front and back faces incised with line decor; turned button finial. Tapering wood grip with black leather wrap (worn), lightly carved with initials (VHI?) on reverse, likely an ownership mark. Double-edged unmarked 32 3/4" blade of flattened diamond-section. Dark brown age patina to metal parts. Overall length 38 3/4".
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