Two Continental Steel-Hilted Small-Swords

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Lot 372*
Two Continental Steel-Hilted Small-Swords
Mid-Late 18th Century

Sold for £ 720 (US$ 990) inc. premium
Two Continental Steel-Hilted Small-Swords
Mid-Late 18th Century
The first with sharply tapering blade of hollow triangular section etched with rocailles and scrolling foliage along both sides of the forte, one side inhabited by a bird, the russet hilt engraved and gilt overall with trophies of arms inhabited on the underside of the shaped shell-guard by two birds, a hound and a monster, and grip bound with engraved and gilt steel ribbon and twisted copper wire (hilt with some wear overall); the second with sharply tapering blade of hollow triangular section with etched foliate decoration on both sides of the forte, hilt including oval shell-guard with gilt-copper liner pierced and chased with a foliate design, faceted knuckle-guard and ovoidal pommel, and grip bound with crimped copper ribbon and three sorts of twisted copper wire (some wear and rust patination overall) (2)
86.7 cm. and 82.4 cm. blades
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