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Dean Castle Arms and Armour

Small swords

Small sword with equine motif

Period:
17th Century
Description:

The small sword is a sub-set of rapier that originated as a civilian weapon. It is a simple, elegant weapon that became an essential dress accessory for urban dwellers - whether they had the skill and ability to use it or not.

 

This Dutch small sword, or town sword, features a heavily chiselled hilt with equine motif. Two little chiselled horses sit astride the grip as a crossguard, while another running horse surmounts it on the spherical pommel.

Place of Production:
Netherlands
Source:
Dean Castle
Digital Number:
RI_DC_0000102
Creation Date:
c. 1665
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council
References:
Loades, M. (2010) Swords and Swordsmen. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Books Ltd.


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