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Smallsword: HEN.M.253 & A-1933

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Small sword, with scabbard covered white satin with gilt mounts. Stage sword in the style of mid-18th century.

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J.S. Henderson Bequest

Acquisition and important dates

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


19th century
Circa 1800 - 1900 1900


The hilt is gilt cast silver and decorated with mythological scenes. The blade is particularly fine as it still retains its magnificent blue colour and gold decoration which many small swords have lost due to corrosion and wear.

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Scabbard Mounts: composed of gilt Scabbard Cover: composed of satin Sword: composed of steel

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.253 & A-1933
Primary reference Number: 19017
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 20 April 2021 Last processed: Wednesday 21 April 2021

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

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