Art of Swords

Sword
/sôrd/
Noun
1. A weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.
2. An instrument of death or destruction.

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

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