A European dress sword, 19th century


The dress sword, which has no scabbard, has a 33 ins tapering straight blade with a single fuller running about half way down the blade, which terminates with a spear point. The top third of the blade is blued and gilt etched with various floral devices, a torch, and a trophy of arms. The hilt is still neatly wire wrapped and has a boat shaped gaurd. The pommel is of a stylised cap and possibly indicates a French origin. The gilt remains mainly intact but there is notable wear where the right thumb wounld have been when the sword was in use. At first sight this looks like a court sword but the trophy of arms would suggest that it is military.