Italian small sword

During the 16th and 17th centuries, the rapier dominated as the accessory of choice for many gentlemen, but during the course of the 17th century, rapier blades become shorter, lighter, and more elegant. This progression in design lead to the small sword: a symbol of power, status, wealth, and a visual metaphor of masculinity.   This elegantly and artfully designed Italian small sword features a heavily chiselled hilt and blade. Both the handguard and pommel feature small figures revelling in foliage, and a  grotesque face appears in the centre of the crossguard, with Classical figures at the crossguards terminals and upper guard.
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East Ayrshire Council
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