This sword is distinguished by its particularly finely chiseled and pierced iron hilt. The guard is decorated with two panels of chiseled foliage surrounding floral displays in baskets. The black horsehair grip wrap added for mourning purposes later in the owner's life. This example was made to order including the chiseled motifs. It survives with virtually 100% original blackened (as found on gun barrels) finish to the hilt and displays such crisp detail that the original minute tool marks can be seen with magnification. 30 1/8" blade length.
Fine English Smallsword C.1750-1760