An English silver hilted smallsword c 1775.
An English silver hilted smallsword c 1775. The hollow ground triangular section blade is etched with entwined strapwork and foliage. The hilt is not hall marked, and is decorated with integral cut and facetted studwork. The guard and pommel are pierced with a star burst design incorporating slender "rays". The grip is bound with crimped silver tape and twisted silver wire.
Blade length 30" (76.5cms) Overall length 36¼ (92cms)
a number of identical hilts are known probably pointing to a single maker. In the Royal Armouries, Leeds, is an example by W. Kinman dated 1774-5 (No IX 3782) illustrated in L. Southwick "London Silver Hilted Swords" Pls 75-77; and in the V&A Museum, London, another is dated 1776-7 (No 1724-1888) illustrated in A.V.B. Norman "The Rapier & Small Sword Pl 150