French small sword 3

In the early 17th century a new method of fence was developed in France requiring a much shorter sword.  As a result smaller versions of the rapier began to be worn with civilian dress all over Europe.  The small sword became an essential part of the dress of a gentleman, during the 18th century, gradually becoming a piece of costume jewellery and as the century progressed the hilt of the small sword became increasingly impractical and more stylised. This is another typical example of a small sword, with the petite detailed hilt and a shorter tapered blade that's designed for thrusting in a duelling setting. The hilt and ricasso of the sword is highly decorated with a floral motif which continues on the knuckle guard of the piece.    
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East Ayrshire Council
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