Apr 24, 2020

Parade Sword

Parade Sword

c. 1500–1525

Steel, etched and gilded

Overall: 101.9 cm (40 1/8 in.); Blade: 85.4 cm (33 5/8 in.); Quillions: 17.5 cm (6 7/8 in.); Grip: 11.1 cm (4 3/8 in.)

Weight: 1000 g (2.2 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.704

Did you know?

Ercole dei Fedeli was an Italian goldsmith and master sword engraver; his name appears on this blade.


This parade sword has a steel blade with etched and gilded bands of decoration. The decoration includes allegorical figures such as dancing satyrs and nymphs, amorini or cupids, and triumphs. The pommel, the rounded knob on the end of the handle, is flat and shaped like a shield; a raised rosette further embellishes it. The quillons or two transverse projecting members forming the cross guard, are flattened and drooping toward the blade.

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