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French Silver Hilted Smallsword, Mid-18th C
Exceptional quality and condition, the solid silver hilt features symmetrical shell guard, pas d’ane, solid grip, knucklebow, and ovoid pommel with button; decorated ensuite with shell motif and stamped with Paris hallmarks. The hollow-ground triangular-section blade is engraved with floral decoration, a female figure, and "Paris" in script. Leather covered scabbard with silver-plated mounts (mounts likely original, the leather later). Hilt near excellent; the blade with some age staining and minor wear to engraving. These fragile smallswords rarely survive in this fine condition.
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