Fine Antique Arms & Armour

London Silver Hilted Boat Shell Small Sword by John Radborn dating to 1761 Ref: 015.16


Price: £1,775

Item Description:


A fine 18th century English silver hilted small sword with hallmarks for London dating to 1761. The makers mark on the knuckle bow, alongside the other stamps, is comprised of the letters J R for John Radborn.


The delicate workmanship to the hilt represents the highest quality of silver hilted sword making in London during the 18th century. In fine condition the sword consists of a boat shell guard, pas d'ane rings and knucklebow , and are formed with attractive hems and knops. The grip consists of alternate bands of flat and roped silver wire mounted onto a wooden baluster shaped core.


The bright, sharply tapering, blade is decorated at the forte with bands of foliage and interlaced strap work, one side centred on a "sun in splendour". The blade is 31.5 inches (80 cm) long and the overall length of the sword is just under 38.5 inches (just under 98 cm).


John Radborn was one of the foremost silver hilt makers in London in the mid 18th century. He is recorded as active between 1737 to 1780 and worked in New Street precinct. For further information see "London Silver-Hilted Swords, Their makers, suppliers and allied traders, with directory", by Leslie Southwick, 2001, Royal Armouries.

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