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European Smallsword, French or Italian, Mid-18th C
Steel hilt comprising shell guard, pas d’ ane, knucklebow, reverse quillon, and pommel; chiseled and pierced ensuite with foliate and geometric motif. Original grip wrap of alternating iron and copper wire with copper turks heads top and bottom. Slender 28 ½" blade of hollow-ground triangular section with engraved foliate decoration on the upper third. Some wear and dark patina on steel, with high points of the hilt cleaned, leaving the design highlighted in black. Overall length 34 1/4".
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