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.