This Spanish artillery gunner’s sword was made at the famous Toledo factory in 1898.
The 700mm slightly curved blade has a flat spine leading to a 160mm upper false edge. The single-edged blade terminates in a spear point. The blade has a very shallow fuller, (more of the impression of a fuller) commencing above the beginning of the bevelled edge and ending at the commencement of the upper false edge. The blade also has a long forte which is stamped “ARTA FABA DE TOLEDO 1898.” The blade is in very good condition with only a tiny patch of very shallow pitting towards the point on each side. The blade retains its original washer and also has a scallop-edged, oval piece of yellow leather that serves to protect the wearer’s uniform from damage caused by the rubbing of the hilt. It is rare to find these swords complete with this additional leather washer.
The cast brass hilt has a D-shaped knuckle bow termination in a quillon with a ball finial. The brass grip has 28 ribs. The tang is peened through the domed pommel and the blade is firm in the hilt.
The sword is complete with its black leather scabbard with brass locket and chape. The scabbard is in good condition and the stitched seam is intact. The sword sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a very good example of a late 19th Century Spanish artillery sword, complete in every respect and in excellent condition.