This Venetian schiavona broadsword is 86 cm long overall, with a 72 cm blade, which is stamped with the eyela shes mark often attributed to Brescianb bladesmiths. Both the blade and the hilt have acquired a nice rich patina. The basket hilt is free-floating, which is a characteristic of schiavonas, and the bow is attached to the cat's head pommel with wire. Remnants of leather covering are still clinging to the wooden grip; someone had stabilized the leather with adhesive, as seen on one of the photos. A couple of the rear branches of the basket have been removed, as is often seen on these hilts.
An excellent, expressive and desirable 17th century Venetian schiavona!