Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Superior Silver Hilted Small Sword with London Hallmarks for 1756 by James Bennett Ref: 11.74


Price: £2,150

Item Description:


A superior 18th century English silver hilted small sword in overall good condition with hallmarks for London 1756 and a makers mark comprised of the letters "I B" inside a shield which are probably for John Bennett (I or II) - both 18th century silver hilted swordmakers based in Threadneedle Street in the City of London. Typically, the silver hilt consists of a double shell guard, pas d'ane rings, knucklebow and quillon, with attractive ribbed and moulded borders. The shell guard, pommel and ricasso at the base of the grip are pierced and engraved with intricate compositions of martial trophies - banners, drums, trumpets, lances, armour, cannons, grenades etc set off against a foliate background. The detail is slightly rubbed in a few places on the pommel but otherwise is quite sharp.


The hilt is in uncleaned condition and without any noticeable dents, bangs or bruises. It retains much of its original blue and gilt surface. There are no losses or repairs and the hilt has maintained its original shape entirely. The hallmarks are very clear. The grip consists of silver wire binding applied to a hard wood core.


The tapering hollow triangular section blade is 33 inches(84 cm) long and overall the sword is just over 40 inches (102.5 cm) long. The blade has a deep fuller on the inner side and a pronounced spine running down the middle of the other plus a simple foliate design either side.


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