Fine Antique Arms & Armour

English Silver Hilted Small Sword by John Radborn dating to 1754 Ref: 016.16


Price: £2,350

Item Description:


A superior 18th century English silver hilted small sword in fine condition with hallmarks for London dating to 1754. The makers mark is comprised of the letters JR for John Radborn. The sword with its delicate hand-pierced workmanship represents the highest quality of silver hilted sword making in London in the 18th century.


This sword is in good condition and of high quality. The hilt consists of a double shell guard, pas d'ane rings, knucklebow and rear quillon. The shell, pommel, knuckle bow and ricasso are hand-pierced and engraved with intricate scrolling patterns, martial trophies and stands of arms. The grip consists of alternate bands of flat and roped silver wire mounted onto a wooden baluster shaped core.


The bright tapering colichemarde hollow ground triangular section blade is decorated with bands of foliage and interlaced strap work. The blade is 31.5 inches (80 cm) long and the overall length 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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