A good silver hilted smallsword c. 1730.
A good silver hilted smallsword c. 1730. The blade is of early Colichemarde form, triangular in section, hollow ground, and inlaid with an elaborate brass device. The hilt is not hall marked, but is struck with the maker's initials FR, probably for Ralph Frith, London whose New Standard mark was registered 24th June 1728. The hilt is decorated with foliage chiselled in relief against a punched ground. The shell guard foliage incorporates 6 stylised masks, and the knucklebow a seventh. The grip is bound with twisted silver wire. Contained in its 19th century vellum covered scabbard with German silver mounts.
Blade length 25½" (65cms) Overall length 31" (79cms)