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    Sticky: That is a very nice Military Officers sword! It...

    That is a very nice Military Officers sword! It has the Epee du Soldat appearance. Smallsword design but really for military/field applications that an officer and a gentleman might require. I have...
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    Sticky: 1740s-50's I'll wager. It still has functional...

    1740s-50's I'll wager. It still has functional pas de' annes.....
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    Sticky: I also heard/read that Pas d' ane" was a term...

    I also heard/read that Pas d' ane" was a term applied to swords by collectors and not a period/historical term at all...but I'm glad to see your smallswords all have them!
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    Sticky: I love small swords with the classic and...

    I love small swords with the classic and functional "Pas de Ans". Lovely! I am enjoying your site!
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    Sticky: What a lovely shape to the hilt. I really...

    What a lovely shape to the hilt. I really appreciate fully developed pas de ans. Tell me, are there any images of Hermes or a Caduceus? Both are important symbols in Alchemy. I have a sabre from the...
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    Sticky: Very nice Ron. Can you show more pics of the...

    Very nice Ron. Can you show more pics of the blade?
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    Sticky: I wanted to save/archive my new acquisition to...

    I wanted to save/archive my new acquisition to the smallsword thread, just because I think it applies to my favorite sticky!

    http://www.swordforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1129833#post1129833
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    Sticky: To me the most beautiful smallswords are from the...

    To me the most beautiful smallswords are from the first half of the 18th century. As others have said, its simple yet classic form, where funtionality is still the pre-dominant feature is my very...
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    Sticky: Good God! I have to fight the urge to get me...

    Good God! I have to fight the urge to get me another of those dandy smallswords......Fight it, Fight it!:-)
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    Sticky: That is Super Nice! I really like substantial...

    That is Super Nice! I really like substantial blades on smallswords. The hilt looks great too. Very nice grip!
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    Sticky: Am I mistaken or is that blade mounted for a left...

    Am I mistaken or is that blade mounted for a left hander? The hollow is usally mounted so that it is face down if held right-handed.
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    Sticky: thats a great sword David. I have a similar one,...

    thats a great sword David. I have a similar one, though not as nice as yours. Lovely grip on it!

    Thomas, why dont you post a pic of your cut-steel hilted sword?
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    Sticky: The Shell-like "rear quillion" usually has the...

    The Shell-like "rear quillion" usually has the fluting facing toward the blade as well, but Jonathan has a point, If it is a courtsword and is never expected to be drawn, than I guess the hilt might...
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    Sticky: So is the concave side of the guard positioned...

    So is the concave side of the guard positioned facing the pommel on courtswords in your experience? I'm sort of going by the boatshells I have had before. I wondered about the more decorated side as...
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    Sticky: [QUOTE=william.m;1095850]Okay here are some...

    [QUOTE=william.m;1095850]Okay here are some pictures of the guard. Sorry they are a bit large!

    I prefer large pics, it makes scrutinizing much easier.

    I really do think some one put that guard...
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    Sticky: The boat shells I have had, had the points of the...

    The boat shells I have had, had the points of the guard pointing toward the pommel, not toward the blade. Interesting. I used to have a 1796 HC dress sword with a boatshell guard.
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    Sticky: Is that boatshell guard on the right side up??...

    Is that boatshell guard on the right side up??
    It looks late 18th century. Nice pommel.
    Could yu post some pics of the other side of the guard?
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    Sticky: This sword has been purchased, I'm sure that if...

    This sword has been purchased, I'm sure that if anyone had acquired it who happened to be on the SScult we would have heard about it by now and all bent the knee. I wanted to post it because it...
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    Sticky: Did any of our esteemed cult members get this...

    Did any of our esteemed cult members get this reasonably priced elegant yet simple colichmarde?? I would have, but I was already committed to another sword. Come on, out with it!!:D
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    Sticky: Here is a nice ebay sword that is safely "inert"...

    Here is a nice ebay sword that is safely "inert" now and suitable for posting. It still has a good deal of gold on it but also appears to be in rough shape. I watched it with interest for some time....
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    Sticky: Thanks Tom, You are as always, a fountain of...

    Thanks Tom,
    You are as always, a fountain of info on these type of swords. I'm glad to have you as a resource. I'm still pretty excited about having a 17th century blade from the period of...
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    Sticky: I recieved my new smallsword yesterday, it is...

    I recieved my new smallsword yesterday, it is quite nice and has no more weight to it than a childs pair of scissors! There is scroll work on the blade but it is far too gone to make it out. I...
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    Sticky: You can also just google Loophilt smallsword or...

    You can also just google Loophilt smallsword
    or search it on this site and myarmoury.com.

    I havent really seen a squared grip on a smallsword before. It makes me wonder if it is a replacement....
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    Sticky: It seems to be a loop-hilted smallsword with a...

    It seems to be a loop-hilted smallsword with a hollowground blade. I'm not sure if it is first half of the 18th cent or 2nd half. Is that grip squared?
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    Sticky: That would be very exciting if it was from the...

    That would be very exciting if it was from the late 17th century! I hadnt considered the possibility. I guess that would explain why I didnt find any 18th cen. examples of that style hilt. One of the...
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