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Old 12th February 2021, 03:20 PM   #1
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I've been unable to identify the origin and meaning of this cartouche on what I understand is an Italian transitional rapier of the second half of the 18th C.
I've had my [ex] Sicilian mother-in-law, who was a professor of language, attempt to decipher the motto but I am not convinced by her efforts (she was never convinced by my efforts either) so I thought I would open up the mystery to the global experts.
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Old 12th February 2021, 03:27 PM   #2
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Here is the entire sword:
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Old 12th February 2021, 04:24 PM   #3
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Let's try Lorenzo Chinaglia (BerberDagger). I will PM him
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Old 12th February 2021, 05:24 PM   #4
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I saw this on an early 18thC French smallsword and it seems to bear some resemblance:
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Could well be; both have angel wings.
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Old 12th February 2021, 06:38 PM   #6
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It is Cupid!

two hearts and two names Simon and Vio (from Violetta).

And it is a smallsword all day (look at the proportions between the length of the hilt and the length of the blade).
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