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Schiavone

SCHIAVONE, the Italian name of the basket-halted sword of the 17th century, resembling what is erroneously called the " claymore " of modern Highland regiments. The " schiavone " was the sword of the Slavonic guards (Schiawni) of the doges of Venice, whence the name (see SWORD).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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