This sword may be dated by its style as well as it decoration. The gilt hilt is decorated throughout in the rococo style which was the rage in France in mid-century. The pommel, grip, quillon block and each shell guard, both sides are decorated with a central distorted heart surrounded by foliage stylized to resemble the veins of a seashell. The choice of a metal grip at the expense of the better purchase of wire wrap demonstrates the influence that the new rococo style had on every aspect of decor in France at the time. The 31 3/8” flattened diamond section blade is decorated at the forte with rococo panels, now worn. This is a civilian weapon for wear in the streets. Its stylish appearance was a fashion statement as well as a warning that the owner was upper class and therefore trained in fencing.