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The Sword

Cinquedea

Description:
Short swords of this kind were carried in civilian dress in usually Northern Italy, although this example was made in France.  These weapons were called cinquedea because of their distinctive, five finger wide blade, which was double edged and often had its faces decorated.  The rarity nowadays of these large daggers caused many forgeries to be produced for collectors in the 19th century.
Place of Production:
France
Materials/Media:
steel, bone or ivory
Dimensions:
blade 750mm, hilt 150mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
MA/S54
Digital Number:
EAAM095n
Creation Date:
Late 17th Century
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council