This sword is representative of a type which gained favor in the second quarter of the 18th century. It is a fine functional arms suitable for defense on the street or highway with concave faced triangular blade of colichemarde form. The plain functional iron hilt is japanned (blackened) and the grip wound with black horse hair. That treatment was originally used to refurbish swords for funerary use, but became popular and such swords became popular for daily use. The funerary hilt distinguished the owner as a member of the upper and perhaps, also served as a reminder of the potential fatal result of engaging the owner. Blade length: 30 3/4 Provenance: Warwick Castle, Warwickshire, England with collection tag attached

Stock Number: 97-1063 (WFL.090)

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