The classic Imperial Roman short sword, named for where an original was found in the ruins of Pompeii (reliably dating from 79 CE).
The oval guard and flattened spherical pommel are hand-carved wood with an inset brass guard plate, and the grip is natural bone. The diamond cross-section blade has a 50 percent distal taper. This gladius has a very strong rectangular tang throughout, and is peened and threaded for extra strength.
Bone & Wood Handle. Overall 27″ with scabbard
Ornate brass applique on scabbard.
Blade length: 19″