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:
- blunt swords not used as decor?
- 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