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Upon close examination it is obvious that this rather flimsy design of sword would not have stood up to a charging horseman's broadsword or sabre, it was definately not a sword for the battlefield, but rather, an elegant accoutrement to fashionable attire. To carry a sword was the mark of a gentlman, a privilege not extended to the majority of the populace. These civilain "smallswords" were inevitably ornate, yet we should not totally ignore the offensive qualities of this sword - in the right hands it was deadly, and served as an item for personal security against "ruffians" as well as for the occasional duel! This lovingly recreated sword has the classic 18th century "shell guard". One of the shell guards is hinged in order that it can be folded to prevent chafing when worn on the belt, which is an authentic feature. This also means that the sword can be mounted on a wall without difficulty. It has an "Adam style" urn pommel (from the Neo-classical architect Robert Adam, 1728-1792) which was by far the most common pommel for smallswords.
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