Mid 19th Century, Cir. 1850 1868, Antique Spanish Toledo Tizona Del Cid Sword!

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Mid 19th Century, Cir. 1850 1868, Antique Spanish Toledo Tizona Del Cid Sword!

 Up for auction is a very special estate find.  A genuine 19th century TOLEDO El Cid style Sword in the pattern of "Tizona Del Cid" as inscribed on the blade.  Definition of Tizona Del Cid:

Tizona is the name of the sword carried by El Cid which was used to fight the Moors in Spain according to the Cantar de mio Cid The name Tizón translates to burning stick, firebrand.[1]

This is one very old and extraordinary piece which looks vastly different then the modern versions of the Toledo swords on ebay.  This is made of the finest Steel in Toledo Spain not the cheap machine made copies of aluminum the Toledo factory made after 1868 which are a giveaway due to the elaborate etching which was fancy for show to attract tourists to purchase and the rough finish from the machines when sharpening the blade.  This sword also weights significantly more then a modern lower quality repro as it was designed to be functional to get the job done rather then look pretty hanging on a wall.  These swords are rare and highly desired as they are of a much higher quality tempered steel and balance.  Based on the style of logo engraved on the sword, our research indicates the Toledo factory created this sword sometime between 1780's up until 1868 when the mass production started and quality diminished.  Our opinion is that it was forged at the later end of the range based on condition, age and patina somewhere in the range of 1850's to 1868.  This is one amazing and very rare piece.  If you ever wanted a genuine Toledo Sword of the quality that made the Toledo factory a legend this is it.  The sword is in good condition with the age with some rust and corrosion throughout as shown in pictures.  The good thing is, it appears that it was never polished or cleaned which would have destroyed its value.  It does appear that it was oiled, probably 150 years ago as its all worn off but has helped protect it from major pitting and heavy corrosion.  There are no major scratches or dings evident...it looks like it was not used for fighting so it is in excellent shape.  I just sold one of these in the shop for $750 retail and that one had many nicks and cuts on the edge of the blade as it was used for fighting.  This one is perfect except for the rust and wear with age as shown in the pictures.  It is 41 inches long end of handle to blade as shown in the pictures.  Please check out the pictures and ask any questions you may have before bidding.  These older authentic Toledo swords are quickly increasing in value as they are becoming more rare while the modern low quality replicas are flooding the market.  In my 16 years of dealing antiques and weapons, I have only come across 3 of these and I am selling my last two on ebay! 

As an added bonus, I will offer two opportunities for free shipping so you can save even more!  If you buy it now I will give you free shipping.  Or, if you happen to win both of these Toledo Swords, I will also give you free shipping since I will be able to ship it in one package.
 
I have one more of these I will put up on ebay in a different style from the same time period I am putting up to end the same day as this one so please check my other auctions.  I also may list some high end knives from my collection including prototypes, handmade, and Extrema Ratio as well as some military collectables like 1800's french swords, Arisaka bayonets and PAL fighting knives from WW1 so check back every 3-4 days for those if you are interested. 

I also have this locally for sale in our shop for $750 so we reserve the right to end the listing early if we sell it for full retail.

Thanks for looking and happy bidding!

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