A very fine example of a C.1750 English Continental Cut Steel Smallsword. This is a nice piece with a terrifically detailed cut steel and pierced hilt that comprises a series of complex patterns to each of the shell guards. The grip has a wooden core that is bound with copper twistwire and blued steel bands. The blade is of colichemarde or trefoil form and decorated with decoration including a winged cherubic figure and intertwined patterns. The blade narrows very dramatically into a stiletto point. Condition of the smallsword is excellent with a wonderful dark patina to the hilt. The blade length is 25 inches (32 inches overall). Interestingly, the blade appears shorter than normal but does not show any evidence of being cut down as the blade narrows to a severe point and there is very little left to reduce.
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