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This very good French small-sword dates to the first half the 18th c., based on the stylistic character of the hilt and the architecture of the blade, which is 80 cm. long, lozenge-shaped at the forte, becoming hexagonal in cross-section towards the foible. Blade is engraved on both sides with strap-work and winged male figure holding an apple, perhaps alluding to the Greek myth of the Judgement of Paris. Atop the figure are a king's crown and fleur de lis.
Bronze hilt is of excellent detail and workmanship, shell and pommel are decorated with rococo symbolism, flowers and military motifs done in low relief on all sides. Hilt has acquired a nice uniform patina.