A superb and rare example of a c.1815 Dutch Napoleonic Senior Officer’s Smallsword
This is a very attractive c.1815 Dutch Napoleonic Senior Officer Smallsword and typical of a late-Napoleonic senior officer’s sword or a sword type worn at court. It is heavily influenced by French sword styles of the period and comprises a neo-classical female pommel and extravagantly decorated knucklebow. The shellguard features the coat of arms of the Dutch royal family – this coat of arms was introduced in 1815 (including the royal motto – ‘ JE MAINTAINDRAI’) and I believe that this sword dates from around this period – is certainly a very early example. The grip appears to made from incised leather. The blade has the remains of its original blue and gilt decoration, including martial trophies and foliage. It comes complete with its original brass and leather mounted scabbard. Also has the original brass museum/collection tag to the hilt and scabbard.
Condition of the Smallsword
In very good condition for its age with wear to the blade – fading of the blue and gilt.
Specifications of the Smallsword
Blade length is 32 inches (37 inches overall).
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