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17th Century Venetian Schiavona by Johanni Zuchini (ca. 1610 - 1617)
- Price: $2,995.00
- Maker: Schiavona
- Model: Sword
- Description: This is a typical Schiavona pattern sword that measures 39 5/8” overall with a 33 1/2” straight, double-edged blade having short central fullers. These swords were the characteristic sidearms of the Schiavoni Croat tribesmen guarding the Doge of Venice during the period when Venice was an independent republic. The blade has short, tapered fullers that are engraved along their length in Roman capitals on both sides with the maker's name: “IOHANNES” on the reverse, “ZVCHINI” on the obverse. The steel has an overall mottled gray patina with streaks of dark freckling from the tip to the forte. The hilt has the characteristically elaborate basket guard with numerous leaf-shaped branches and a single quillon, swept towards the obverse side. The guard itself is a bit loose while the ridged wooden grip has the remnants of its original leather wrap and is still in good condition. The hilt terminates in the unusual “cat's head” pommel so typical of these attractive, yet useful swords. Johanni (Iohannes) Zuchini was a Venetian swordmaker who operated from 1610 to 1617. This is a very nice Schiavona, from a known maker in the city most closely associated with their use. It is a desirable late Renaissance sword and would make a great addition to any collection.