A large and well executed iron hilted smallsword
A large and well executed iron hilted smallsword, N. European, probably Dutch c 1680-1690. The pierced and chiselled hilt with fluting interrupted by swollen balusters, and with amusing stylised human masks chiselled in low relief and repeated throughout. The shellguard, quillon block and pommel each with panels of pierced foliage, fine silver wire bound grip. The blade is of hollow ground triangular section. Excellent patina overall.
Blade length 31½” (80cms) Overall length 38½” (98 cms)