Schiavona Broadsword

Schiavona Broadsword


Steel, brass, leather and wood

Overall: 100.3 cm (39 1/2 in.); Blade: 84.4 cm (33 1/4 in.); Grip: 10.5 cm (4 1/8 in.); Guard: 14.8 cm (5 13/16 in.)

Weight: 1.28 kg (2.82 lbs.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John L. Severance 1916.698

Did you know?

This sword has what is known as a "cat's head" pommel, a spherical knob that serves as a counterweight at the opposite end of the sword from the point.


This broadsword or basket-hilted sword is a type that was often carried by the bodyguards of the Doge of Venice who came from the Dalmatian Coast of present-day Croatia and were then called Schavoni in Venice. The complex barred guard slopes forward and protects the hand.

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