About this artwork
Smallswords, though developed as civilian weapons to be worn with formal court dress, were also used by infantry officers and high-ranking field commanders in battle. Designed for military use, this example is fitted with a coliche-marde blade, which has a widened section at the fort near the hilt to strengthen the blade against heavy attacks.
- France (Object made in)
- Made 1730–1760
- Steel, gilding, silver, and wood
- Overall L. 99.5 cm (39 3/16 in.) Blade L. 81.3 cm (32 in.) Wt. 1 lb. 1 oz.
- George F. Harding Collection