The 24th sword comes to us from Matt Sea, who emailed me about his sword a couple of days ago. He says he acquired the sword in 1998 during a family visit to Pompeii. The sword was purchased from a roadside vendor. Sea's parents "remember the vendor we bought it from had various swords, armor, and things like that. The vendor was also near where our tour bus dropped us off near the entrance of Pompeii." Matt says he sanded the patina from parts of the sword when he was young.
Here are some photos:
I'm hoping to get a chance to examine Sword 24 firsthand. It will be the first CS I've been able to look at up close. If my current chronological model is correct, the metrics of the Hercules figure on Sword 24 should fall somewhere between those of the Italian eBay (Type J) sword and the Design Toscano sword.