Cinquedea Dagger

  • Dated: unknown, but made in the 15th century style

The weapon has a double-edged blade of triangular shape, with ribbed section at the tip, and a double fuller in the central part, plus a triple fuller on the forte. The latter is engraved and completely gilded, picturing ordinary life scenes in two cities, one of Classical Time, the other with various spires.

Above the ornamentation there is a floral-patterned frame and decorations with racemes. The iron hilt has some gilding remains. The hilt is of square section with quillons curved towards the blade, flat pommel festooned on the borders, ivory grips with rosettes and gilded and engraved rivets.

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The word sword comes from the Old English sweord, cognate to swert"to wound, to cut"

The sword is symbolic of liberty and strength. In the Middle Ages, the sword was often used as a symbol of the word of God. The names given to many swords in mythologyliterature, and history reflect the high prestige of the weapon and the wealth of the owner.