This early 14th Century Type XIV Arming Sword is based on a very well-preserved original in an English collection. It had been originally uncovered in a peat bog in Northern Italy which preserved it for centuries. The blade has an etched sigil on both sides with the repeating inscription of “TOTO” – a motto which was then understood to be an affirmation of fidelity and loyalty. The blade is forged from high carbon steel and the blade tang has been stoutly peened over the pommel for an overall robust hilt construction.
The crossguard and pommel are crafted from steel and the grip is wood which was overlaid in leather. A leather rain guard chape is fitted to the guard – this was likely a common feature on period swords but the leather rarely survives the ages leaving curators to only guess at how many extant swords once had a leather rainguard attached to the hilt. It serves its purpose well in forming a lid over the scabbard mouth when the sword is sheathed.
The sword is paired with a matching wood scabbard which is bound in stitched high quality leather.
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