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Title Silver-hilted smallsword
Nationality Dutch
Period c 1660
Price £1950.00
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This early smallsword has an Italian blade, made probably at Belluno in the state of Venice in the late 16th century by Andria Ferara, undoubtedly the town's most famous blade smith. Belluno was the premier blade-making town in the Veneto and exported blades far and wide. Today it is located in the Alto Adige region, in the foothills of the Alps.

The hilt, by contrast, is a cast silver example from Holland, dating c 1660, created in 800 grade metal and must be amongst one of the earliest smallswords on record.

The blade, of backsword type, has two fullers and is 32.75" long. The subject matter of the hilt decor is the Green Man or Wodenwose, long a folklore figure across all of northern Europe, derived from pagan, pre-Christian tradition.

The hilt would appear to have the original silver wire service with a beechwood grip. There is a multitude of deep pit holes throughout the blade and the maker's name is badly rubbed on one side.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : Dutch : 17th Century]

testimonials

bayonet arrived safely, I'm very happy with it

C B, UK, 02.09.2015

I received the sword and belt this afternoon. Always a bit of a risk buying this sort of thing online but I'm very pleased with the quality of the sword and scabbard...

P R, UK, 28.08.2014

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