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Schiavona Broadsword

Schiavona Broadsword

early 1700s

Steel and silver wire grip. silver pommel

Overall: 107.3 cm (42 1/4 in.); Blade: 92.7 cm (36 1/2 in.); Grip: 9.8 cm (3 7/8 in.); Guard: 12.7 cm (5 in.)

Weight: 1.28 kg (2.82 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.705

Did you know?

A broadsword is a sword with a straight, wide, two-edged blade and was used by European heavy cavalry through the 1800s.


The schiavona-type broadsword features a complex barred guard that slopes forward. Its name derives from the Italian word for "Slavonic" and refers to the Slavonian corps who served as bodyguards to the Doge of Venice until the end of the Venetian Republic in 1797. Such swords were popular mainly with the Venetians.

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