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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Small swords

French small sword 1

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This objects is a fairly typical example of a small sword, with its petite hilt and shorter blade that's optimised for thrusting. It consists of a ridged grip, one quillon, with the other bending up to the pommel to form a knuckleguard, and a plate above the ricasso of the blade. The majority of smallswords were made of steel or silver, however it was not unusal for the hilt and blades to also use luxurious materials such as gold, such as in this example here. The hilt is decorated with filigree marking. The ricasso of the blade bears elaborate designs, the central image appearing to be either the sun or compass markings.

Place of Production:
France
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_00000098
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council
References:
Wilkinson-Latham, R. (1981) Antique Weapons and Armour. Oxford: Phaidon


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