Fine Antique Arms & Armour

Early 18th Century London Silver Hilted Small Sword With Maker’s Mark of Joseph Reason Ref: 070.16


Price: £1,275

Item Description:


An early 18th century English silver hilted small sword. The makers mark applied to the pommel button is IR, most likely for Joseph Reason, a free cutler and hilt maker working in Burleigh Street, The Strand, London, who had two silversmith's marks recorded in 1697 and 1720. This mark, now worn at the base, seems to be the 1697 mark.


This sword is of plain early form and in good condition. The hilt consists of an asymmetrical double-shell guard with raised borders, pas d'ane rings, knucklebow and rear quillon. The grip consists of alternate contra-twist wraps of roped silver wire mounted onto a wooden baluster shaped core.


The bright, wide, sharply tapering, colichemarde, hollow ground, triangular section blade is decorated at the forte on one side with the etched labelled figure of Camilus, flowering foliage above, and on the other with traces of a panel of strapwork between foliage. Marcus Furios Camillus was a Roman soldier and Statesman of Patrician descent. According to Livy and Plutarch he triumphed four times, was dictator five times, and was honoured with the title of Second Founder of Rome.


For further information on Joseph Reason see "London Goldsmiths 1697-1837 Their Marks and Lives" by Arthur G Grimwade, Faber and Faber, 1976.


The blade is 31 inches (78 cm) long and the overall length is just under 37.5 inches (95 cm).


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