Smallsword with parcel-silvered gilt-brass Rococo hilt
- Dated: circa 1770
- Design: after the genre Pittoresque
- Culture: French or German
With slender blade stamped “En Tolido” within the short fuller on both sides at the forte, gilt-brass hilt cast with rococo patterns of flowers and scrolls entwined in part about architectural ruins, with outer loop-guard widening in the middle to form a pierced interlace of ribbon gathered rosette-like about a single flowerhead, enclosing a small shell-guard for the thumb, all cast in low relief and all set in contrast against a silvered pounced “fish-roe” ground.
Source & Copyright: Peter Finer