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Spanish "Bilbo" Broadsword, 2nd Half 18th C
Steel hilt with asymmetrical upturned bilobate shell guard screwed to the guardopolvo which is integral with the large pas d’ane; vertically recurved quillons with turned finials; knuckle bow stopping short of the bun-shaped pommel; twisted copper wire grip wrap with ferrules top and bottom. Stamped maker’s mark "PS" on forward quillon. Straight unmarked 33 1/4" hexagonal-section double-edged blade with 7 ˝" central fuller. Steel parts with even gunmetal patina and very light pitting; several tiny edged nicks on blade. Overall length 39 ˝". A favorite weapon of Spanish soldiers and sailors in the New World and also used by pirates.