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Smallsword: HEN.M.259 & A-1933

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Hilt Unknown (Hilt maker)
Blade Unknown (Blade maker)


Small sword, the blade of colichemarde type. The scabbard is covered with leather, and has silver mounts. The top suspension loop is engraved 'Feesey pallmell'.


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


Mid-18th Century
Production date: circa AD 1760


The blade is of the so-called ‘colichemarde’ form – the section nearer the hilt is wide and strong and used for parrying your opponents sword. The lower section is narrow and tapers to the point making it very quick and fast when fencing. The leather covered scabbard has silver mounts, one marked: ‘Feesey/Pall Mall’ for Mathew Feesey (1703 – 69).

Components of the work

Mounts composed of silver Sword composed of steel Scabbard Cover composed of leather

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Fessey pallmell
  • Location: On top suspension loop
  • Method of creation: Engraved

Identification numbers

Accession number: HEN.M.259 & A-1933
Primary reference Number: 19034
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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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