Dueling Sword; France, c. 1780

Early Epee 

 

Early Epee

 

This early dueling épée is a perfect example of the transition from smallsword to épée…

The shallow, “saucer”-shaped  disc guard with the short, twisted iron quillons resembles Valentine’s Hilt 92, which was in use from 1630 onwards.

This French-made dueling épée measures 40 1/2″, with a blade length of 32 1/4″. The handle is wood wrapped with copper wire.

The hollow-ground triangular blade is pointed and decorated with etched floral scrolls.

 

Dueling Epee

Dueling Epee

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