A French russet gilt hilted smallsword c 1770
Scottish Weapons, Smallswords
A French russet gilt hilted smallsword c 1770, chiselled with cartouches representing war, agriculture, music and the liberal arts, together with a cornucopiae and rococo scrolls; pierced with shaped panels and damascened with gold foil stamped with fish roe ground. The grip bound with silver wire and tape, woven turk’s heads. The hollow ground triangular section blade partly blued and gilt, and etched with a figure representing war, together with rococo scrolls, the forte with a strapwork cartouche. In its fish skin covered sheath with iron mounts chiselled and gilt en-suite.
Blade length 32¾” (83cms) Overall length 39½” (100cms)
Provenance Fettercairn House, Kincardineshire, probably made for Sir William Forbes, 6th Bt (1739-1806) one of the most important bankers in enlightenment Edinburgh. Photocopy research papers are available to the purchaser.