Lot 169: 19th C. European Ceremonial Steel / Brass Short Sword

Artemis Gallery

March 15, 2018
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Europe, probably England or France, ca. 19th century CE. A ceremonial sword with a narrow, straight steel blade and a polished brass handle. A beautiful woven gold-colored ribbon is wrapped around the branch from just below the pommel. The ribbon terminates in a large, heavy glass-beaded ball. The handle has a small guard, a quillion, and a cast design. The scabbard is tipped with brass at both ends and is dark leather in between. This type of sword is sometimes known as a spadroon, a light sword (also called a small sword) with a straight blade. The spadroon became popular in the 1790s with military officers in England, and quickly spread to France and the United States. Size: 3.25" W x 13.7" H (8.3 cm x 34.8 cm)

Provenance: Ex-Kavet Collection, Massachusets

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Condition Report: Leather of the scabbard is split in half. Slight tarnish/patina on the surface of the weapon.
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