Royal Armouries

Italian hunting sword

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Highly decorated hilt of a hunting sword, in the form of a lion

  • Highly decorated hilt of a hunting sword, in the form of a lion

Date: 1700 | Object number: IX.977

Italian hunting sword

Description

The Hilt is Italian, created in Brescia about 1660. The blade, however, is English and made about 1730. The Iron hilt (Norman type 105) is chiselled in the round in the form of three dragons: the largest forming the grip, the others forming the short quillons (sides of the crossguard). Below two grotesque masks is a small flat guard inscribed: ‘Carlo Botarello. fecit e Briscie‘ (Carlo Botarello, created in Brescia).

The straight two-edged blade is etched and gilt with with the Royal Arms and ‘Vivat / Georg II / Rex Britanie‘ (Long live King George II, King of Britain) on each face.

The scabbard is made of black leather with a steel chape.

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