SPANISH DEEP-CUP TIZONA WITH CHISELLED FLUTING. 17th Century. Handcrafted in carbon steel with an antiqued finish, made by master swordsmith of Toledo, Antonio Arellano.
The Spanish Tizona, popularly referred to as the cup hilt sword because of the shape of its grip, was widely used throughout the 16th and 17th centuries in Spain, and its reputation quickly spread across Europe.
This weapon was an essential accessory to the most expensive, sumptuous and elegant clothing of the knights of that era. It completely replaced the swords of the plainer, heavier, medieval style.
The rapier could be used for both attacking and as a defensive weapon, and it was wielded by men when they were wearing civilian dress. These swords were restricted to the upper echelons of society, such as the members of the royal family, monarchs and knights of military orders like the Order of Alcantara.
BLADE: 94 cm long blade, 2.2 cm wide at the ricasso and 1 cm at the point. Slender and light-weight. Wide at the ricasso, the blade has four bevels, two on each side. Both sides of the blade have engravings on the forte. Completely forged and tempered by hand in carbon steel by the master Antonio Arellano. Antiqued finish.
One side of the ricasso bears an engraving of the imperial coat of arms of Toledo, and the master’s touchmark appears on the back side.
CUP OR CAZOLETA. Large engraved, chiselled and fretted cup. Point-breaker fluting around the edge of the cup. The entire surface is chiselled with beautiful designs.
CROSS GUARD. 33 cm long quillon with engravings at the tips. Knuckle guard running from the cross to the pommel, with engraved details on both sides.
GRIP. The wood grip is threaded onto the blade tang. It has double wire wrapping, with a braided double wire alternating with a single wire. Four copper ribs are inlaid into the grip. The two ends are finished with two finely chiselled ferrules.
POMMEL. The pommel is cup-shaped and the circumference of the widest part is completely chiselled. It is threaded onto the tang, then riveted to give the sword enhanced strength and resilience.
SCABBARD. Brown leather scabbard made by hand especially for this sword. It contains three iron pieces: at the top is the “brocal”, or locket, chiselled on both sides and featuring an oval button to attach the scabbard to a belt. There is one “cantonera” fitting in the upper third of the scabbard, chiselled on both sides, and it is finished with a “batiente”, or chape, in chiselled iron to cover the point.
This piece comes with a certificate of authenticity, guaranteeing that it was made by hand and is signed by the master swordsmith, Antonio Arellano. It is considered a unique work of art, as no two swords are exactly alike.