Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: CSA Consulate, Rm. 101, Glos. UK: p.s. - Real Dogs Have Feathering.
That looks like a right angle turn in the finger guard loop there. maybe a hammer welded repair after it was hit, or maybe just a reinforcing of the transition. The rest of the guard branches look hand forged too, and a bit uneven in diameter here and there. a soldier's blade, not a high noble's, IMHO...
30" for an infantry sword isn't bad, it's not a long thrusting only civilian rapier yet, a longer sword could hit the ground during a cut with disastrous consequences. especially at the average height of the period...