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Venetian Crab-claw Broadsword, Early 17th C
Infantry broadsword with distinctive Venetian-style hilt, featuring downward-curved quillons of hexagonal-section with scroll finials and decoratively chiseled quillon block with small side ring. Large sail-shaped hand guard embossed with scalloped shell pattern and screwed to the tapering faceted pommel with button finial. Wood grip with twisted iron wire wrap and turks heads top and bottom. Double-edged 32" blade of lens-section with a copper-inlaid cross mark below the 5" central fuller on each side (moderate pitting and numerous shallow edge nicks). Overall length 38".
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