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17th C. Spanish Colonial Iron & Wood Espada Ancha

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17th C. Spanish Colonial Iron & Wood Espada Ancha

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Western Europe or North America, Spain or Mexico, Spanish Colonial Period, ca. 17th century CE. A lovely example of a forged-iron sword known as an espada ancha (literally "wide sword") with a lathe-turned wooden handle. The gently curved, single-edged blade features a pointed tip, a sharpened edge, and a thick spine running the entire length. The quillons attached to the blade shoulder and bottom of the hand guard bear a pair of tab-shaped terminals, and the openwork basket hilt has four slender tendrils attached via rivets. The primary hand guard is a narrow, C-shaped iron bar that attaches to a cylindrical pommel. Espada ancha swords like this example used to have wide blades akin to the traditional broad sword during the pre-Republic era of New Spain in modern Mexico; however, the blade width narrowed over time to facilitate hunting and ease of transport by soldiers. Size: 4.625" W x 34" H (11.7 cm x 86.4 cm); (blade): 27.5" L (69.8 cm)

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

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Condition
Repair to lower section of longest handle tendril. Wooden handle and pommel cap are loose, with abrasions and light encrustations to basket hilt, quillons, and blade, and oxidation in scattered areas. One rivet of hand guard tendril replaced with modern metal screw. Nice patina throughout.
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17th C. Spanish Colonial Iron & Wood Espada Ancha

Estimate $1,500 - $2,250
Aug 05
Starting Price $800
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Lot 0289 Details

Description
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Western Europe or North America, Spain or Mexico, Spanish Colonial Period, ca. 17th century CE. A lovely example of a forged-iron sword known as an espada ancha (literally "wide sword") with a lathe-turned wooden handle. The gently curved, single-edged blade features a pointed tip, a sharpened edge, and a thick spine running the entire length. The quillons attached to the blade shoulder and bottom of the hand guard bear a pair of tab-shaped terminals, and the openwork basket hilt has four slender tendrils attached via rivets. The primary hand guard is a narrow, C-shaped iron bar that attaches to a cylindrical pommel. Espada ancha swords like this example used to have wide blades akin to the traditional broad sword during the pre-Republic era of New Spain in modern Mexico; however, the blade width narrowed over time to facilitate hunting and ease of transport by soldiers. Size: 4.625" W x 34" H (11.7 cm x 86.4 cm); (blade): 27.5" L (69.8 cm)

Provenance: private Glorieta, New Mexico, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to recent increases of shipments being seized by Australian & German customs (even for items with pre-UNESCO provenance), we will no longer ship most antiquities and ancient Chinese art to Australia & Germany. For categories of items that are acceptable to ship to Australia or Germany, please contact us directly or work with your local customs brokerage firm.

Display stands not described as included/custom in the item description are for photography purposes only and will not be included with the item upon shipping.

#164702
Condition
...
Repair to lower section of longest handle tendril. Wooden handle and pommel cap are loose, with abrasions and light encrustations to basket hilt, quillons, and blade, and oxidation in scattered areas. One rivet of hand guard tendril replaced with modern metal screw. Nice patina throughout.

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