French Smallsword

Illustration

Arienne King
by Metropolitan Museum of Art
published on 25 March 2021
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A French smallsword from the 18th Century CE. Smallswords developed from the rapier, but were lighter and more refined. Perfect for duelling and fencing, the often elegantly decorated swords became the ubiquitous weapon of gentlemen in the 18th Century CE.

Steel blade. Hilt and scabbard decorated with silver, gold, wood, textile, and fishskin. Made in Paris by C. Liger (l. c. 1770–93 CE). Dated c. 1780 CE. 96.8 cm (38 1/8 in) x 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in). Weight: 368.54 g (13 oz). Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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