The Schiavona: This style of sword can often be found with a variety of blade configurations, from wide cutting blades to narrow thrusting ones, but the hilt form is generally associated with Venetian mercenaries of the 17th century.
Saber, hilt, 19th century; blade, probably 18th century with early 19th century decoration. Hilt, Turkish or N. African; blade, Iranian, Turkish decoration. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Bequest of George C. Stone, 1935 (36.25.1632) | The fine blade of crucible ("watered") steel is typically Iranian but was decorated at a later date by a Turkish craftsman. The decoration includes verses from the "Burda," a mystical poem by the thirteenth-century author al-Bu Siri. #sword