A very interesting and unusual c.1790 English Smallsword, probably by Matthew Boulton
Here is a fine example of an English 18th Century smallsword that is of a type manufactured by the famous Birmingham-based sword maker and designer, Matthew Boulton. This man had an enormous influence on design during the late-18th Century and was a partner with the Scottish engineer, James Watt. He was also a member of the famous Lunar society, whose members included Erasmus Darwin, Josiah Wedgewood and Joseph Priestley. For more information about his life please go to: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Boulton. See below for examples of the type of hilt styles produced by Matthew Boulton and compare with this smallsword - it is very likely that this is a smallsword produced in the workshop of Matthew Boulton.
The sword has a very fine and delicate steel hilt that comprises a series of intricate, intertwined designs to the bowl and knucklebow. The grip is bound with iron twistwire. The hollow ground blade is engraved with motifs of scrolling foliage.
Condition of the Smallsword
In excellent condition with a very fine, dark age patina to the hilt.
Specifications of the Smallsword
Blade length is 32 inches (37 inches overall).
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