* Metropolitan Museum of Art > Stone Gallery of Arms and Armor
"Sword Steel, silver, copper, leather
Western European, about 1400 [sic]
The silver-embellished pommel and the crossguard made of copper (rather than steel) wrapped with silver wire suggest that this sword was intended for presentation or for ceremonial use rather than as a fighting weapon. The Latin quotation inscribed on the pommel reads in translation, 'Here, too, virtue has its due reward' (Virgil, Aeneid, book I, line 461). The inscription (now illegible) on the blade is an early example of the use of acid to etch decoration on weapons."