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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Small swords

Flemish small sword 1

Description:

Small swords such as this Flemish example flourished around the 17th century and carried into the 18th century as a fashion accessory for gentleman. Following on from the larger and more cumbersome rapier, the small sword provided a visual shorthand for wealth, masculinity, power, and prowess to anyone who may see the weapon and wearer. 

 

This 18th century small sword features an entirely chiselled hilt, with small faces and figures peeking out from amongst the foliate ornamentation. The blade is also artfully etched, with both geometric and scrolled designs.

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000097
Creation Date:
c. 1750
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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