18th Century Schiavona
Place of Origin: Venice
Very fine Venetian Schiavona in excellent original condition. The Hilt is elegantly forged into an organic, web like basket which wears a rich brown patina. The basket was likely browned originally and has deepened with age. The grip and pommel are gilt silver, with hallmarks on the pommel. The pommel is well above the average schiavona pommel, it is cast in solid silver with a gilt rosette as the central boss. The broadsword blade is signed GIO KNECT; IN SOLINGEN, most likely the work of Johann Knecht of Solingen c.1727-1797, intended for the Venetian and/or Italian markets. The sword retains its original scabbard and scabbard cover attached to the underside of the quillon block. Both are beautifully executed and are rare survivors for a sword of this age.