Hunting sword form with 22” s.e. blade with long forte and broad and narrow fullers. The forte unusually decorated in relief with hounds, boars and deer in relief on textured and foliate ground. These are invariably decorated in line work. In this example, the figures are in the finished face plane and the entire backgrounds are dropped back. Shaped ebony grip with swan decorated base ferrule and silver button. Silver guard with deer and boar faces to the block and hound’s head quillon terminals. Excellent for the period with soft gray surface to the blade. Swords such as this were worn for personal protection by middle classes who had not the benefit of fencing training to qualify them for proficiency with the rapier or small sword.