Small sword, French hilt and German blade

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.  
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East Ayrshire Council
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