An unusual brass hilted smallsword c 1670-1700
An unusual brass hilted smallsword c 1670-1700, probably North European, but possibly Italian. The shell guards are chiselled with 8 representations of ‘the man in the moon’, together with foliage. The foliate ricasso rings, and the quillons which recurve in 2 planes, both issue from animal heads. The pommel is chiselled with foliage and 2 bearded masks both with shell-like coiffure. The fruitwood grip has woven brass wire turk’s heads, the hollow ground triangular section blade is inlaid with brass geometric designs. The hilt retains traces of gilding, and the sword is offered in untouched and uncleaned condition.
Blade length 32¼” (82cms) Overall length 38½” (98 cms)