Damascene El Cid Tizona Sword Letter Opener. Magnificient miniature sword of the legendary Spanish hero from fight against Moors. 11 inches. 24K gold, damascene design.
This beautiful Miniature Damascene Tizona Cid Sword Letter Opener is manufactured in Toledo Spain by the famous Midas factory of the Marto swordsmiths. The Miniature Damascene Tizona Cid Sword Letter Opener is plated with 24 Karat yellow gold and 18 Karat green gold with a minimum thickness of 4 microns.
Overall Length: 29 cms - 11 inches
Blade Material: polished stainless steel
Handle Material: Damascene 24K Yellow Gold and 18K Green Gold plate with a minimum thickness of 4 microns
A truly MAGNIFICENT piece
The Tizona and Colada Swords belonged to the Castilian knight Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, known as "El Cid Campeador" in the 11th century. He was the prototype of the knight and a loyal vassal who took part with his king, Alphonse VI, in the conquest of Toledo. Subsequently, El Cid conquered the city, and kingdom of Valencia (which he ruled there until his death in 1099) from the Arabians (Moors). El Cid was a great war hero, a superior and extremely successful soldier of fortune, who apparently never lost a battle. To this day, Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar is known as a hero of Christian Spain, due to his excellent acheivements in the the Reconquest of Spain from the Moors. His title, El Cid Campeador, derives from: "El Cid" , a Moorish title of respect, from Arabic al sayyid "Lord"; "Campeador" is Spanish for "Champion".
Damascene sword letter openers.