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    Italian Patt 1888 Sword Blades

    Hi All
    I have the chance of buying an example of an 1888 Patt Italian sword. It appears to be a text book example that it is supposed to be a WW2 pick up. The only difference from the other swords I've seen on - line, is that the plated blade is un-etched, is this normal or could it be an NCO sword, or used by another Italian service.Also for some strange reason, someone has removed the scabbard drag rather skillfully from it.
    Any info would be much appreciated
    Cheers
    Graham

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    Pictures would really help. I find Italian swords in general where I live are not highly collected so prices are very reasonable.

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    SFI Forumite, Matt Forde, has done a bit of work on Italian swords. See his website here: https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com. He's also written an ebook on the subject of Sardinian swords entitled La Sciabola, promoted here: https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com/la-sciabola.

    I have a m/1850 sword of an officer of the Italian Bersaglieri Corps that is not etched, so the presence of etching might not be a reliable indicator of the owner's military rank/status.

    As Will said, photos will help tremendously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G.BARBER View Post
    Hi All
    I have the chance of buying an example of an 1888 Patt Italian sword. It appears to be a text book example that it is supposed to be a WW2 pick up. The only difference from the other swords I've seen on - line, is that the plated blade is un-etched, is this normal or could it be an NCO sword, or used by another Italian service.Also for some strange reason, someone has removed the scabbard drag rather skillfully from it.
    Any info would be much appreciated
    Cheers
    Graham
    Hi Graham, do you have any photos to link or upload here? There were two 1888 Models in the Italian regulations - one usually etched and one always plain.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Cain View Post
    SFI Forumite, Matt Forde, has done a bit of work on Italian swords. See his website here: https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com. He's also written an ebook on the subject of Sardinian swords entitled La Sciabola, promoted here: https://www.fordemilitaryantiques.com/la-sciabola.

    I have a m/1850 sword of an officer of the Italian Bersaglieri Corps that is not etched, so the presence of etching might not be a reliable indicator of the owner's military rank/status.

    As Will said, photos will help tremendously.

    Thanks very much Mark - any help getting knowledge of La Sciabola out there is much appreciated!


    Quote Originally Posted by Will Mathieson View Post
    Pictures would really help. I find Italian swords in general where I live are not highly collected so prices are very reasonable.
    I agree! I put it down to most people experiencing the 20th-century Italian swords (which were not made for real fighting and are usually more flimsy) instead of the 19th-century ones, a lack of English sources until recently, and a lack of knowledge of the military adventures of the Italians in the 1800s (which included some huge battles).

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    Hi everyone
    Thanks for the help, I decided not to go for the sword in the end, I'd prefer an etched one
    Cheers
    Graham

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