Object Title




1770 - 1790

Object Number


Physical Description

Hilt: spadroon form (Norman type 110) with steel bead decoration, comprising an urn-shaped pommel, stirrup knuckle guard joined directly to the elliptical shall guard which carries a down turned lobed finial in lieu of a quillon at the rear. The ivory grip is lined with cut steel beads and rosettes. An oval panel framed with beads on the inner and outer faces originally held a plaque (now missing) which was possibly a Wedgewood cameo.

Blade: of colichemarde form, hollow ground triangular section.


Dimensions: Overall length: 990 mm (39 in.), blade length: 820 mm (32.3 in.) Weight: 1 lb 4 oz


Places Britain

Bibliographic References

A.V.B. Norman and C.M. Barne, The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820, London etc., 1980, p.


Beaded hilts are amongst those shown in the Matthew Boulton pattern book 1728-1809(copy in library at Leeds).
A.V.B. Norman and C.M. Barne, 'The Rapier and Small-Sword, 1460-1820', London etc., 1980, p. 193.