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English Court Sword, Smallsword, early 19th C
Hilt of russet steel with pierced oval guard featuring balls and lozenges in relief. Steel grip with raised design and faceted ferrules top and bottom; urn-shaped pommel and straight quillons decorated ensuite. Chain knuckleguard made of rings and two sizes of faceted balls (some losses). Unmarked hollow ground triangular-section 31" blade; smooth, with some age staining from long-term storage in the scabbard. Retains its original parchment covered wood scabbard with steel mounts and red velvet throat, broken about a quarter of the way from the tip. These fragile parchment scabbards rarely survive in any condition. Overall length 38 1/4". Provenance: Hooten Pagnell Hall, South Yorkshire. Dating back to the 13th Century, Hooten Pagnell Hall has been in the family of the Lord Mayor of London, Sir Patience Warde, since the 17th Century. Much of the contents of the hall has remained virtually untouched for centuries.
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