Praetorian Stunt Gladius

Stock #40422

A sword carried by a Praetorian Guardsman in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award winning epic Gladiator. Betrayed by his Emperor’s son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) and sold into slavery, Roman general Maximus (Russell Crowe) finds his calling in the arena as a gladiator. But when a festival of games begins in Commodus’ honour, Maximus returns to Rome with thoughts of revenge for his lost Emperor and family.

This gladius and others like it were used by the elite guard of the Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) and Commodus. The Praetorian Guard were under the emperor’s direct command, being ordered by Commodus to execute Maximus in the forests of Germania and later seen in the arena as Commodus fights with Maximus to the death.

Made of rubber with a metal armature for stability and rigidity, the blade has been given a worn steel finish while the guard, grip and pommel are finished in the black and purple of the Praetorian Guard. The sword guard has a band into which is carved “SPQR” while the pommel has a floral decoration at its head. The blade remains straight and level with the grip.

The sword has lost some of its finish through use on the production and time spent in storage, while the tip of the sword has been broken through use, exposing the metal armature within. However, in spite of these flaws, the sword remains in an overall good production-used condition.

Item size - 26.38" x 3.35" x 2.36" (67cm x 8.5cm x 6cm)

Certificate of Authenticity This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.

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