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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Small swords

Small sword, likely Italian

Period:
18th Century
Description:

Duelling in the 16th and 17th centuries was a pursuit for gentlemen in the upper class of society. With a preference for thrusting and using the point of the blade, long, rapier-type blades were gradually shortened while still maintaining effectiveness. Weaponry, such as this small sword, reflected the status of its owner as a sidearm and as a part of the daily wardrobe. 

Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000110
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council
References:
Wilkinson-Latham, R. (1981) Antique Weapons and Armour. Oxford: Phaidon


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