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    Smallsword / Epee characteristic question...

    Might anyone be able to establish a date range for the use of inletted horizontal bars occasionally encountered on epee / smallsword handles??

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    No input gents?
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    Hi Mark

    It's a beautiful sword. Can we see the rest?

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    Hello Gene,

    Unfortunately, I don’t have the sword... only this close-up of the hilt. Am attempting to pin down more detail on the use of those thin bars that run the length of the grip.
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    Of 18th century use, the only example I am familiar with is a studied reproduction of a spadroon blade marked to GIII. Caged grips go back to at least mid 15th century, so if anything, I would think them a bit of a homage. A&A shows both 15th refit and 16th century examples.
    http://www.arms-n-armor.com/sword191.html
    http://www.arms-n-armor.com/sword135.html

    I know I have seen a few other recreation/reproduction uses with both wire or horn/wood. The spadroon I know of is/was in the Hank Reinhardt collection.
    http://www.hankreinhardt.com/Sale/Sw...ords%20221.htm

    Both the period swords A&A does and the spadroon have a continental look to them (imo). The rest of the sword pic you share seems it could be a little earlier in the 18th century but not by much (going by characteristics). I'll have a look though some books but it will be conclusive of the general period. Hartzler may have a ringer. Don't know why I am thinking Italian when German or French might be more likely.

    I am assuming a trefoil type blade which would lean German again.

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