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SPANISH IMPERIAL OFFICER'S ESPADIN ISABELINO, CA.1907
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This lovely Espadin Isabelino is a perfect example of a Spanish Imperial military official's sword design, and was carried by an officer of the El Cuerpo de Administración Militar. This Modelo 1907 espadin has a delicate, yet deadly and very well tempered 74 cm-long Toledo small sword-like blade, which is flat at the forte, becoming hexagonal at the foible, all the way down to the point. Blade has spots of pitting and dark uniform patina, and is straight and true. The hilt is of regulation form, with brass or bronze cross guard and pommel, and the grip finely cast in white, quite possibly sterling silver, which would require further testing, so I will just call it "white metal". The center of the cross-guard is decorated with the Spanish Royal Sun, and both halves of the cross-guard are terminated by oak leaves, sprouting out of lions mouths, indicating that the sword belonged to an officer of the Cuerpo Interventor. The hilt shows loseness in parts. An all-together lovely and rather uncommon personal weapon of the Spanish officer, dating to the first decade of 20th century. For further refence on this and other Spanish military swords, the interested parties may consult the superb writings of Juan L. Calvo. An example, identical to this sword is pictured and described on his website.



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