Middle east & caucasus

Rare 18 C. Greek Naval Sword

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Origin: Greece

Date: Late 18 C.

The use of swords on sea going vessels required the adaptation to the fighting condition on boats and  ships. Short heavy wide blades straight or lightly curved allowed efficient use of the blades. Such swords were used by Greek sailors traveling in the Mediterranean against frequent assault of sea pirates in the 18 C.

The sword offered here is a rare find of  a greek naval sword. Solid single edge fullered blade  lightly curved, forged from pattern welded steel, Brass cross guard, horn grips and  brass grip strap. Leather covered scabbard, spiral seam and brass mounts. The blade is engraved on both sides with what looks like Greek inscription and may be a date 1781.

Blade 28 inches. Total length 36 inches. Very good condition to age. Very minor shallow lightly pitted spots on the blade. Small repair on the leather cover of the scabbard.

For a similar sword, see the photo of swords from the Military museum in Athens
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