A good mourning sword c. 1800.
A good mourning sword c. 1800. The burnished blade of triangular section is etched with an angel, a foliate device, and 2 trophies of arms. The brass hilt is "japanned" (i.e. black lacquered) overall and applied with cut and polished black, glass or sea jet facetted "stones" (a few missing). The guard is pierced with flower heads and foliate sprays, whilst the grip, pommel and knucklebow are all chequered. The outer side of the hilt is fitted with black crape. Contained in its tooled black vellum covered scabbard with black japanned steel fittings and in its black oilskin chamois leather bag.
Blade length 31¾" (80.7cms) Overall length including scabbard 39¼" (99.7cms)
Provenance: Lord Monkbretton,Cooksbridge, Sussex.