A takouba with a 14th century European blade.
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A massive single fuller blade is the key feature to this piece dating from the mid to late 14th century.The sword is quite a heavy…
The blade is probably missing 1/4 to 1/3 of it's original length. It was very likely made in northern Italy and could well have ma…
Braising and old repairs on the pommel are clearly visible.
The decorative plates on the guard feature different patterns than most takouba.
The tang runs through the pommel and grip and is likely then forge welded to the forte plates.
The repousse work is quite intricate with many fine details on the brass plates.
Another closeup showing the very fine decorative detail.
The plates are attached to the guard by means of rivets that pass entirely through the steel guard structure.
A brass plate tops the pommel.
The repair on the edge of the pommel in this image speaks to the long working life of this weapon. The base of the pommel and grip…
The blade marks are identical on both sides.
One of the two marks present on the sword - the cross fourche. Originally these were completely inlaid with gold, traces still rem…
The second mark is a dagger or split upright cross. Again, traces of gold inlay remain.