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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Small swords

Small sword, French hilt and German blade

Period:
18th Century
Description:

This steel hilt is chiselled in relief with classical heroes on horseback amid Regence strapwork with areas picked out in gold encrusting. The shells are decorated with battle scenes. The straight three-edged hollow-ground blades are etched with Regence strapwork near the hilt.

 

Regence is the name given to the rather simpler decoration popular during the Regency in France of Philip, Duke of Orleans (1715-1723). The small-sword was an essential part of the dress of a gentleman, during the 18th century, gradually becoming a piece of costume jewellery. German blades were far superior to French ones at this date and were almost always fitted to French hilts of good quality.

 

Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
RI_DC_0000101
Creation Date:
1720
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council


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