A Woodstock cut and polished steel hilted smallsword
A Woodstock cut and polished steel hilted smallsword c 1775-1785. The hilt is of conventional form and probably based on designs by Mathew Boulton, and decorated with screwed studs. Comprising a pierced shell guard and knucklebow, and a copper wire bound grip wound with studded spiral steel band. The hollow ground triangular section burnished blade is etched with military trophies, foliage and rococo ornament. Contained in its white vellum covered scabbard with burnished steel mounts and hanging rings.
Blade length 32¾” (83 cms) Overall length 39” (99.5 cms)
An excellent account of Woodstock hilts is provided by A.V.B.Norman in "The Rapier and Small-sword, 1460 - 1820", London 1980, pp 409 - 410. Designs from Mathew Boulton's Pattern Book are reproduced in the same work, Pl. 151., and also in J.D.Aylward "The Small-sword in England" London 1945 and 1960.