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How to find out if this sword is real or just a souvenir?

I received an old looking sword as a gift. The giving party has no information on the piece whatsoever, as it was bought online, on our local version of craigslist.

The blade is very blunt. So blunt in fact, that it could just be a sword bought by a Tourist. If so, I would like to sharpen it and use as decor. Also, the handle is fitted with a piece of felt in between. --> Probably used to reduce play, instead of fitting the pieces together more precisely.

However this sword is made with more effort than I would expect for a Touri-piece. (Mostly because of an intricate Handle, and an etch on the blade)

As this sword has no year, maker or similar engraved / etched, on it, I'm not sure where to start looking for some background of the piece. (with the exception of Toledo, (?)where this sword maybe came from(?))

How could I proceed to make sure it realy is just a souvenir? Would some pictures be helpful?

Does anyone know:

  1. blunt swords not used as decor?
  2. real swords with no makers-mark?

EDIT 1: added pictures and Dimensions:

  • length of blade 80cm / 31 inches
  • length of handle 20cm / 8 inches (with hand-guard)
  • width of blade (base) 33mm / 1.3 inches
  • width of blade (behind the tip) 20mm / 0.8 inches

@MAGolding see this image for a close-up of the coat of arms. seems like to boars and to Stars on opposite sides.

More images would be useful to be sure, but to me this part of the guard awfully looks like the sword was made using die casting (and it was poorly done so, at that):

Best I can recollect this type of stuff wasn't even possible until the late 19th century when foundries could achieve heat strong enough that you could actually melt steel.

(Another tell in my mind is the precision of the blade decoration. Even if we leave aside the rust issue raised in the question's comments (i.e. it wouldn't be functional as a blade) on the basis that it could be ceremonial blade, it still leaves the issue of it being way too precise for forged steel to my taste. But don't take my word for it here, it's just a hunch.)

This is too long for a comment so I made it an answer.

The arms on the sword are rather familiar looking.

Here is a link to an image of the coat of arms of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco.

It has a similar design to the one on the sword, a bend going between two heads and mouths, and two other charges.

In this case the heads are identified as dragons, and the charges are the Pillars of Hercules.

The bend between two dragon's mouths is described as The Royal Band of Castile.

So it appears that the coat of arms, genuine or fictional, on the sword was inspired by the Royal Band of Castile.

I hope this may help you learn the nature of the sword.

Watch the video: Wie finde ich heraus, ob eine Zahl eine Primzahl ist? (November 2021).