Object Title

Cinquedea

Cinquedea

Date

1500-1530

Object Number

IX.146

Physical Description

Decorated on its blade with etched and gilt classical ornament including the inscription fortes timet fortvn [a viros] (Fortune favours the brave) on one side, and esto.te fortis in bello (Be brave in war) on the other. The hilt is restored. The cinquedea is thought to have derived its name from its broad blade which was five fingers (cinque ditti) wide. Acquired before 1859.

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