- Dated: 17th century (16th century blade)
- Culture: Switzerland and/or France
- Medium: steel and wire; chiseled quillions and pommel
- Measurements: Overall - l:44.30 cm (l:17 7/16 inches) Wt: .46 kg; Quillions - w:9.20 cm (w:3 9/16 inches)
Source: © 2012 Cleveland Museum of Art
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*puts on to-read list*
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