Of slender proportions, the lower half of the blade cut on each face with two narrow fullers each positioned closer to one edge than to the other, and the second shorter fuller converging to join the other longer fuller, fitted with crosspiece formed with extremely short quillons with defined indented tips, and rounded pommel flattened over almost its full surface on one face and at the centre only of the opposing face.
Blade length 79,4 cm, overall length 95 cm.
A comparable sword is carried by a soldier included in the "Martyrdom of St. James" shown on an embossed silver altar front or antependium by Andrea di Jacopo d'Ognabene of Tuscany, preserved in the Cathedral in Pistoia. This example shows a sword of relatively slight proportions with short fullers which converge to form a single fuller running for two-thirds of the length of the blade. The hilt shows a very short crosspiece with small globular tips and a circular pommel. A sword carried by a companion figure shows a similar hilt. [See below]
See Nicolle, David, Arms & Armour of the Crusading Era 1050 - 1350, Western Europe and the Crusader States, London 1999, illustrated figures 608 a-b, pp. 227 and 471.
Condition: II - III Limit: 2300 EURO February 2015