Ancient Etruscan Villanovan Bronze Sword Dagger 900-750 B.C.
Rare Ancient circa 900-750 B.C. Etruscan, Villanovan culture bronze, short sword – dagger.
A straight, double-edged tapering blade has a medial ridge incised with narrow grooves.
A concave hilt is with a curved pommel, a slender grip widening in the middle, and wide concave shoulders. The hilt is pierced with four holes for pins to attach the grip scales; one hole in the pommel, a second in the middle of the grip, and two holes in the ricasso (where one hole is plugged with deposits of the old pin).
Etruscan Villanovan swords and daggers are extremely rare compared to other ancient swords and daggers, such as Roman, Near Eastern, Chinese, or Greek swords and daggers, since the Villanovan culture covered a small area of the Italian peninsula. This region was not heavily populated, and the Etruscan warrior aristocracy was a small percentage of the population.
Etruscan swords and daggers are rarely put up for sale and are rarely seen in museums, including Italian museums.
REFERENCES: Kostbare Blankwaffen aus dem Deutschen Klingenmuseum Solingen by Heinz R.Uhlemann,
For related Etruscan Villanovan culture sword, in the collection of the Museo Nazionale Etrusco di Villa Giulia. Rome Italy, please see the links below:
Link to the Villanovan culture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villanovan_culture
Overall length: 31 cm (12.2 inches).
Provenance: From an old Canadian collection formed in the 1980s.
CONDITION: It is 100% genuine original condition with no repairs or restoration at all. The surface is covered in natural emerald, green and reddish color patination - red suboxide of copper (cuprous oxide, or cuprite); Such natural patina needs centuries to slowly build on the surface of the bronze. The blade's tip is slightly bent and broken, most likely from the stab in combat.
However well preserved in stable condition for an antique combat sword that is over 2750 years old.