~ 18th Century Silver Hilt French Hunting Sword ~
The sword, from around 1740, consists of an ebony spiral grip with solid silver crossguard (the hallmarks can be found along the crossguard itself).
The blade is etched with a crest and motto (written in French) along both sides. Above this, on either side on the fuller, is an animal. One side is a deer, whilst the other side shows a wild boar. One edge has an etching of an arrow.
During a nobles hunting party, these swords were used to dispatch, dismember and in some instances, attack game.
~ Dimensions ~
The blade has a length of 16.5 inches (41.9 cm), the sword has a total length of 22 inches (55.9 cm). It weighs 277 g.
~ Condition ~
The blade has started to blacken & pit in areas. The etchings remain largely clear and in good condition. The grip has a crack running down one side. The silver crossguard is in good condition.
~ Postage ~
UK postage is £18 or it can be collected from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.