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Title Pierced steel smallsword
Nationality British
Period c 1775
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This beautifully executed English hilt in pierced iron work is influenced French hilts of the 1760s. A number of officer portraits from the American Revolutionary wars show similar swords, the design being also successfully rendered in silver. Note the iron grip binding and iron ferrules replacing the earlier Turk's heads.

The blade is of the colichemarde type, with a strengthened forte, of 32.5" length. There are traces of engraving and the blade has its original red cloth seating - thus it would not appear to have been remounted, not recently at any rate! Apart from a few minute nicks towards the forte, the blade is in excellent shape.

The hilt has a lightly polished finish, very close to its original late 18th-century state. The seating of the pommel appears original.

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[Edged Weapons : Swords : British : 18th Century]


Just a quick line to advise that the badges have arrived in good condition and I am very pleased with them.

Thanks again for your prompt and kind attention.

P M, Australia, 03.10.2012

I received the silver Verdienstkreuz this morning. Your swiftness and dedication was very much appreciated and, though the envelope arrived with a Post Office sticker saying it had been found open or damaged, the cross was unharmed and looks beautiful. Thanks for your time.

E C, UK, 18.10.2005