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Vatican Diplomat's Smallsword

S000068_Vatican_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_Next_to_Scabbard

Data

Period1 20th Century
Min/Max date1 1925-01-01 - 1950-12-31 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 Vatican Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 Civilian Reference1 --
Outfit1 --
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Czerny s International Auction House
Quillions1 1 Provenance(detail)1 Aste 58, March 29 2016
Hilt type1 Pierced shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Elliptical
Pommmel type1 Globular, pearls Condition1 Very good
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2016-05-08
Information source 1 Author 2 Source
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 87.3 34.37 73.2 28.82 78.2 30.79
Max width(cm/In)1 10.90 4.29 1.60 0.63 2.38 9.37
Max thickness(cm/In)1 4.90 1.93 0.65 0.26 2.27 0.89
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.64 0.25 1.25 0.49
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.42 0.17 0.99 0.39
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.01 0.40 1.62 0.64
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.46 0.18 1.06 0.42
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle Rounded triangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle Rounded triangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.43 0lb 15oz -- -- 0.11 0lb 4oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Mother of pearl Steel Black leather
Bronze Nickel coating Bronze
Gilding -- Gilding
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Features1 Vatican coat of arms -- Folliage
Laurel leaves -- Flower
Oak leaves -- Star
Flower -- --
Pearls -- --
Gold and blue portepee -- --
Marks1 -- -- --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
This sword is quite recent and appears in Cesare Calamandrei's book "Storia dell'arma biancca italiana" as a papal state diplomat's sword from around 1930.

The way the papal symbols are screwed onto the shell is typical of more modern realisations. (see the detailed picture in the 'Details' tab hereunder).

The design of the blade is also typical of more modern swords, as the reverse side's fuller is but a central groove instead of the rounding of the whole blade's surface found on older swords. On the plus side, the grips are real mother of pearl, not plastic.

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