1767 French Officer Smallsword – 800$

This example of an officer smallsword of the 1767 pattern is equipped with an extra large blade, visibly similar to an “épée de soldat” blade. It is possible that this would be an early version for which the armourer reused remaining blades from the previous 1680 pattern. The blade has an hollow grind, making it light for its size. This is a smallsword that borders on the broadsword.

The blade is in excellent condition and so are the fittings. At some point someone inserted some brass wire and cord at the base of the blade, probably to tighten the fit of the guard. One of the turk’s head ferule is missing, but it could be replaced.

No maker’s mark, which is not unusual on this type of blade. A great military smallsword  for the collector.

Price: 800$

 

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