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Rare Italian 1880 Pattern Sciabola Army Officer's Sword (Sold)

Rare / unusual Italian 1880 Pattern Army Officer's Sword with leather / brass scabbard.

Italian 1880 Pattern Sciabola Army Officer's SwordItalian 1880 Patt Sciabola Army Officer's Sword

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This sword is a mystery / very rare as it conforms in most respects to an Italian 1880 pattern naval NCO's Sciabola sword (source: Calamandrei's book Storia dell' Arma Bianca Italiana) but clearly is not one; the naval sword has a nickel guard shell and would have had naval style etching, this has a brass shell and army motifs, together with the Royal House of Savoy crest etched to the blade. I suspect given the etching and brass guard it was a horse trooper's ceremonial sword for the now abolished Italian monarchy during the regin of King Victor Emmanuel III. The 78 cm blade is firm in the hilt but the grip itself is a little loose.Further pictures available upon request. Item reference number 101 (93)

 

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