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Smallsword: HEN.M.250 & A-1933

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Maker(s)

Possibly Unknown (Maker)

Description

Silver-gilt hilt bearing the arms of France and another coat of arms. Scabbard covered with shagreen.

Notes

History note: Mr James Stewart Henderson of 'Abbotsford', Downs Road, St Helen's Park, Hastings, Sussex

Legal notes

J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1933-03-16) by Henderson, James Stewart

Dating

Early 18th Century
Production date: circa AD/CE 1720

Note

The delicate hilt is typical of many small swords of the 18th century which were much more part of male costume and fashion than weaponry though they could be used to deadly effect when and if required.

Components of the work

Hilt: composed of gilt silver Scabbard: composed of shagreen Sword: composed of steel

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.250 & A-1933
Primary reference Number: 19008
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 21 April 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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