Silver-Gilt Hilted Small-Sword
- Dated: circa 1670
- Culture: French or Dutch
- Measurements: Length: 95.5 cm / 37.6 inches
Fitted with later tapering blade of flattened hexagonal section, the forte of the swords comes with wide central fuller along each side etched and gilt with whorled designs with a central line of applied alternate silver florets and oval and a crowned profile bust in an oval.
The cast and chased hilt is comprised slightly upturned and the double shell-guard is decorated in relief on the inner and outer sides with Zeus in a chariot drawn by two eagles and a Classical warrior in armour in a chariot drawn by horses. Each have in between naked demi-figures placed against a pierced ground and with a grotesque mask above.
The quillon-block is decorated on each side with a putto-head between demi-figures, a horned satyr-mask beneath with partly reeded arms. The reeded rear quillon and knuckle-guard are issuing from the mouth of a monster.
The former comes with a terminal formed as a demi-figure in the round holding a bow, the latter with mustachioed grotesque-masks back and front centred on a standing naked female figure. The globular pommel is built en suite with later grip bound and varying thicknesses of twisted gilt wire.
Source: Copyright © Peter Finer