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French Athena Head Pommel Smallsword

S000066_French_Helmet_Smallsword_Full_Obverse_

Data

Period2 July Monarchy (Louis-Philippe)
Min/Max date2 1830-08-09 - 1848-02-23 Location(cntry)1 Belgium
Origin1 France Location(detail)1 ex author's collection
Sword type1 Smallsword Displayed at1 --
Corps1 -- Reference1 --
Outfit1 --
Owner1 Author
Guard type1 1 bar Provenance1 Whyte's
Quillions1 2 Provenance(detail)1 Lot 77, March 16 2016
Hilt type1 Single shell Original owner1 --
Grip form1 Elliptical flat
Pommmel type1 Portrait of Athena Condition1 Medium
Blade type1 Straight
Edge1 Triple edged
Fuller1 3 Information date 2016-04-07
Information source 1 Author 2 J.Lhoste EPeF
Sword Blade Scabbard
Max length(cm/In)1 99.0 38.98 84.0 33.07 0.0 0.00
Max width(cm/In)1 11.50 4.53 1.90 0.75 0.00 0.00
Max thickness(cm/In)1 4.40 1.73 0.82 0.32 0.00 0.00
Curvature(cm/In)1 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00 0.0 0.00
Width at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.69 0.27 0.00 0.00
Thickness at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.43 0.17 0.00 0.00
Width at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 1.21 0.48 0.00 0.00
Thickness at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- 0.62 0.24 0.00 0.00
Section at 10 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle
Section at 50 cm(cm/In)1 -- -- Triangle
Weight(kg/lb+oz)1 0.45 0lb 16oz -- -- 0.00 0lb 0oz
Information source 1 Author
Hilt Blade Scabbard
Materials1 Mother of pearl Steel --
Bronze -- --
Gilding -- --
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Features1 Warrior 1/3rd blued and gilt --
Trophy of arms Floral design --
Lion heads Trophy of arms --
Laurel wreaths 5 mm ricasso --
Flowers -- --
Leaves -- --
Marks1 -- SHF --
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Hilt inscription1 --
Blade inscription1 --
Scabbard inscription1 --
Information source 1 Author
The state of this sword does leave to be desired, but it is, nevertheless, of superior quality.

The way it feels in the hand, the shimmering quality of the mother of pearl grip and that of the work on the shell all attest to this.

It is very similar to sword 731 on page 389 of Jean Lhoste's book 'Les epees portees en France des origines a nos jours'

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