This sword represents that latest incarnation of the rapier in Northern Europe. A step in the evolution of the smallsword, it is distinguished by its larger proportions and rapier blade. The bronze or copper hilt is heavily overlaid with silver, most of which remains. It incorporates a “boat” form guard, named after the sauce (gravy) boats of the period. The grip retains its original copper wire wrap. The 30 7/8” blade is a true rapier blade, but of colichemarde form, abruptly decreasing in width 8 ½” from the guard. An exceeding rare form, pivotal in the evolution of the rapier. The forte is narrow fullered with an inscription, abbreviating a religious motto, each side with a cross mark beyond. It retains its original leather scabbard with silvered locket in excellent condition for the period, but for lacking the tip mount. This is the fighting sword of an officer of the period of the Scottish Rebellion and may well has served a Hanoverian officer’s fighting for England. Its context is Frederick the Great’s military expansion of Prussia, the War of Succession of Maria Theresa, the Seven Years War (called the French and Indian War in North America), and the American Revolution. It probably served on in the Napoleonic Wars, as officer’s swords were often hereditary.