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Title Silver-hilted smallsword by Thomas Chawner
Nationality British
Period 1773
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This sword, retailed by (Mark) Bock of Cockspur Street, Charing Cross, is hallmarked, on the arms of the hilt, for London 1773 (date letter being a Gothic 'R'), Thomas Chawner ('TC' in an oblong), a celebrated London spoon maker. The nose of the frog stud also has the TC punch.

This sword is a particularly fine example, inasmuch as all the stipple punch work behind the relief of stands of arms on the hilt is almost as it left the shop. This style of decoration, ie with open work military trophies, was popular as a 'militia' hilt from roughly 1750 to about 1780. Typically, these swords were worn by senior military officers as a dress sword. There is a naval version with Neptune's trident, boat hooks and anchors replacing the more conventional army motifs. The rarity here is the survival of the original silver-mounted calf leather scabbard (mid-brown, wrapped on a wooden frame), more or less intact, with a few minor scuffs and dings here and there. However, the bottom chape is a replacement.

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


It got here this morning, presumably delayed by the holidays. It is perfect, indeed better than I was expecting.

G W, USA, 11.01.2012

The packet has arrived safely and the content is very nice!

R P, Italy, 08.02.2008